Thursday, December 19, 2013

Considering a Vocation to Spiritual Motherhood

For those considering the vocation to become Daughters of St. Philip Neri and to embrace the path of Spiritual Motherhood of Priests, you may want to recite the following Morning Offering – sincerely and from the heart — for 30 days in succession.

Father most holy, 
I offer You the prayers, works,
joys, and sufferings of this day 
by placing them in the holy and venerable hands
 of Jesus, the Eternal High Priest,
 and by saying, as He did upon entering the world, 
“Behold, I come to do Your will” (Hebrews 10:9). 
For the sake of all His priests,
 and in particular for the priest(s)
 entrusted to my maternal intercession,
 I entreat Your beloved Son to unite my offering
 to the Sacrifice of the Cross,
renewed upon the altars of Your Church
 from the rising of the sun to its setting (Malachy 1:11).
 Most merciful Father,
 look upon these men chosen by Your Son
 to show forth His death until He comes (1 Cor 11:26);
 keep them from the Evil One (John 17:15) 
and sanctify them in the truth (John 17:17).
 Bind them by a most tender love
 to the Virgin Mary, their Mother 
that, by her intercession, 
they may be overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35)
 in every act of their sacred ministry;
 thus may their priesthood embody the joy of St. Philip Neri and reveal
 the Face of Jesus and the merciful love of His Heart,
for the fruitfulness of His spouse, the Church.
and the praise of Your glory. Amen.