“Let us concentrate intensely on Christ’s divine love and let us enter deeply into the wound in His side, into the living font of the wisdom of God made man, so as to drown ourselves in Him and not be able to find again the road which leaves Him.” (St. Philip Neri)
It is to be understood, then, that the Daughter of St. Philip Neri embraces these realities not as an occasional devotion; they express, rather, the direction given to her whole life and the very nature of her womanhood and the need that exists everywhere for maternal sympathy and help for all those who are belabored and burdened. For example, her adoration may be said to be perpetual not because she never leaves her prie-dieu before the altar; it is perpetual because she makes the the Most Holy Eucharist the treasure of her life. A Daughter of St. Philip Neri seeks to live only from the life of Jesus Christ in this divine Mystery. She does this, however, not only through her adoration of the Lord in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and through continuing that adoration in time spent before the Blessed Sacrament. She also seeks in her heart to love and adore Him always, and in all her actions remain constantly united to Him.
Daily Offering of Self
Prayer for Priests
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 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.