Friday, January 3, 2014

Consoling the Eucharistic Heart of Christ for the Sake of Priests


Intercession for other souls is a work of love. It consists in placing oneself with Me before the Father,
with a boundless trust in the merits of My Passion
and in the wounds that I present to the Father
on behalf of all who approach Him with confidence,
through Me.

I live in the Sacrament of My Love
as I live in heaven,
in a ceaseless state of intercession
for all who believe in Me
and come to Me with the weight of life’s burdens and sorrows.
There is nothing that I will not do
for the soul who approaches Me with confidence.

For this reason did I wish to remain present
in the Sacrament of My Love until the end of time:
so that souls might know where to find Me,
and approach Me easily,
certain of being heard,
and trusting in the mercy of My Heart
for a world marked by suffering and ravaged by sin.

There is no form of intercessory prayer more efficacious
than that of the soul who approaches My Eucharistic Presence
certain of finding Me, and certain of being heard.
I am not distant from souls in need.
I have made Myself close to them,
as close as the nearest tabernacle.
Would that my people understood this!
My churches would be filled to overflowing
at every hour of the day and night.
I would never be left alone in the Sacrament of My Love.

The exercise of faith increases faith.
The exercise of confidence causes confidence to grow.
One who approaches My tabernacle in faith
is giving evidence of a complete reliance on My Merciful Love.
The Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar is My Heart
open to receive those who will respond to My timeless invitation:
Come unto Me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.
Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me,
because I am meek and humble of heart,
and you shall find rest to your souls.
For My yoke is sweet, and My burden light.

One who approaches Me frequently in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
will discover that he is yoked to Me by an unbreakable bond of love.
He will discover, by personal experience,
that I share in all his sorrows,
that I bring him relief in afflictions,
that I carry his burdens with him,
and that he is never, not even for a moment,
forsaken or left to himself alone.

What I am teaching you
is more than the simple visit to Me in the Sacrament of My Love;
it is a way of approaching Me marked by absolute confidence in My intercession with the Father.
It is an act of faith in My Merciful Love,
and a way of disposing oneself to receive the waters of life that stream abundantly
from My open Side.

Do souls believe in My Real Presence in the tabernacles of My churches?
Have they altogether forgotten who I am and where I am to be found?
Has the faith of My priests in the Sacrament of My Love grown so tepid and so weak
that the souls entrusted to them have lost the simple instinct of the believing heart,
that is, to seek Me out in the Most Holy Eucharist,
and to abide in My presence,
loving Me, and allowing Me to love freely those who come to Me,
to heal their wounds,
and to draw them into the sanctuary of My open Side?

The emptiness of My churches is an affront to My Love,
to the Love that compelled Me to  give Myself,
by the hands of My priests,
under the forms of bread and wine,
so that no one might perish from hunger or thirst
on the road to eternity.

I am all Love in the Sacrament of My Love.
My Heart is open to receive all,
even those who have in their souls
no more than the faintest spark of faith in My Real Presence.
Let them come to Me,
and that little spark will become a shining flame
giving joy and hope to all who perceive its light.

The emptiness of My churches apart from the hours of the liturgical offices,
is an indictment, first of all, of My priests,
and then, of my faithful.
My Eucharistic Presence meets with coldness,
with indifference, and with a chilling ingratitude,
even on the part of My priests and of consecrated souls.
They fail to recognize in the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist
the pearl of great price, the treasure once hidden in the field,
but now offered freely
to all who would partake of its inexhaustible riches.

I am left alone in a world where so many lament their loneliness.
If only souls would come to Me and would tarry in My presence,
they would discover a Love that fills the heart so completely that it dispels every loneliness
and becomes wondrously fruitful in the live of those who accept it.

Your life, your vocation, your mission now is to abide in My sacramental Presence.
It is to console My Eucharistic Heart
and to expose your soul to the radiance of My Eucharistic Face
for the sake of so many of your brother priests
who stumble about in a darkness that no earthly light can dispel.

(From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest)
Dom Mark Kirby