Friday, September 22, 2017

Abide in Me, suffer in Me, love in Me


 When I asked Our Lord about my physical weaknesses, my pain, and fatigue:

Accept these things and offer them to the Father in union with My Passion for the sanctification of priests and the healing of those whom you have offended or wounded by your sins.

My beloved Jesus, attach me to Thyself, even as Your Mother and Magdalene were attached to Thee.

Abide in Me, suffer in Me, love in Me, and I will use all that you do and suffer to repair the evil you have done and to bring healing and peace to those whom you have injured.  Trust Me with your past and with its heavy burden of sin; give Me all that you have: the present moment.  Offer the present to Me, and I will attend to repairing your past and to preparing your future.  Your future is to be united with Me eternally in heaven by means of the same love with which you will have loved Me during these remaining years on earth.

Do you not see how much I have been calling you to trust in Me?  Trust is the key that opens all the treasures of My merciful and infinitely loving Heart.  I am touched by a single act of trust in My merciful love more than a multitude of good works.  The soul who trusts Me, by that very fact, removes the obstacles of pride and self-determination that impede my freedom of action.  There is nothing I will not do for the soul who abandons herself to Me in a simple act of trust.

Do Thou in me and through me, O my beloved Jesus,
all that Thou desires to find in me and do through me,
so that, in spite of my miseries, my weaknesses, and even my sins, 
your holy priesthood may be a radiance of Thine,
and the face of priests reflect the merciful love that ever shines 
      on Thy Holy Face
for souls who trust in Thee and abandon themselves 
      to Thy Divine action.

Will you allow Me to suffer in you, to complete in your flesh and in your heart that portion of My Passion reserved for you by My Father from all eternity?  I will send upon you the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, so that you may be able to suffer joyfully and in the peace of a complete submission to all the designs of My Heart upon your life.

I need your sufferings and I ask for them for the renewal of My priesthood in the Church and for the spiritual regeneration of priests weakened by sin and held in bondage to evil.  By your submission to My Father's will and by your humble participation in My Passion, many priests will be healed and purified, and restored to holiness.  Will you give Me your "yes"?  Will you consent to this work of Mine in you and through you?  Trust.

My Jesus, how can I refuse Thee anything?  All my trust is in Thee.  In Thee is all my hope.  I am all Thine, and Thy friendship is my assurance of happiness and of Thy unfailing grace.  I give Thee my heartfelt "yes."  I am all Thine, beloved Jesus: a spiritual mother for Thine own priesthood and a victim with Thee in Thy pure, holy, and spotless oblation to the Father. Amen.

Look to My Eucharistic Face and I will strengthen you in all your sufferings.  You will suffer not as one defeated by the forces of evil, but as one already united to Me in the triumph of My resurrection. I will suffer in you, giving to everything you endure out of love for Me and for My beloved priests a value far exceeding what can be measured in human terms.

My Heart will beat in yours and yours in Mine.  This is the union to which I am leading you.  This is the ultimate meaning of your passage on earth.  I am preparing you now for an eternal union with Me in the glory of heaven.  There you will find the home that I have prepared for you in My love for you even from before the beginning of time.

Your sufferings will be made of weakness and weariness and dependence on others.  I will send you physical sufferings, but I will also strengthen your heart and unite you more and more to Myself in a joy transcending all suffering and in a strength transcending every weakness.  You will be with Me on the altar of the Cross, and your life will become to the eyes of all a continuation and prolongation of My sacrifice on Calvary.  Thus will you be that mother in Jesus Crucified that I have chosen you to be; a mother to the souls of many priests, a mother with a heart pierced like My own Heart, and with an ever-flowing fountain of love for the healing of souls and the sanctification of My priests, my beloved priests.  Do you accept this?

Yes, Lord Jesus, I accept all that Thou proposest.  All my trust is in Thee.  All my confidence is in Thy Heart's friendship for me.

I will always give you strength to adore Me, to come before My Eucharistic Face, and to sing My praises.


adapted from 
In Sinu Jesu
A Journal of a Priest at Prayer