12/30/13

Revelation: From the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska,


A vision of the Mother of God. In the midst of a great brilliance, I saw the Mother of God clothed in a white gown, girt about with a golden cincture; and there were tiny stars, also of gold, over the whole garment, and chevron-shaped sleeves lined with gold. Her cloak was sky-blue, lightly thrown over the shoulders. A transparent veil was delicately drawn over her head, while her flowing hair was set off beautifully by a golden crown which terminated in little crosses. On her left arm she held the Child Jesus. A Blessed Mother of this type I had not yet seen.

 Then she looked at me kindly and said: I am the Mother of God of Priests.

 At that, she lowered Jesus from her arm to the ground, raised her right hand heavenward and said: O God, bless Poland, bless priests. Then she addressed me once again: Tell the priests what you have seen. I resolved that at the first opportunity [I would have] of seeing Father [Andrasz] I would tell; but I myself can make nothing of this vision.
Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1585



Cardinal Piacenza writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians 


Rome,  (Zenit.orgAnn Schneible

 

 Writing on the occasion of the solemnity of Mary Mother of God (January 1), Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, addressed a letter to mothers of priests and seminarians.


"In welcoming the Eternal Word into her immaculate womb," he wrote, "Mary Most Holy gave birth to the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world… By adhering to God's Will, Mary participated in a unique and unrepeatable way in the mystery of our redemption, thereby becoming the Mother of God, the Gate of Heaven and the Cause of our Joy."


Cardinal Piacenza continued: "In a similar way, the entire Church looks with admiration and deep gratitude upon all mothers of priests and of those who, having received this lofty vocation, have embarked upon the path of formation."


Cardinal Piacenza noted the role of the family in helping young men to be receptive to the call of the priesthood. In particular, he continued, "the participation given to mothers of priests is quite unique and special. For unique and special are the spiritual consolations which they derive from having carried in the womb one who has become Christ's minister. Indeed, every mother cannot but rejoice in seeing the life of her son not only fulfilled but also clothed with a most exceptional divine favor which embraces and transforms it for all eternity."


Even though the separation between a mother and her son is more "radical than any other separation," he continued, "the Church's two thousand years of experience teaches us that when a man is ordained a priest, his mother 'receives' him an a completely new and unexpected way; so much so that she is called to see in the fruit of her own womb a "father" who by God's will is called to generate and accompany a multitude of brothers and sisters to eternal life.

 Every mother of a priest mysteriously becomes a 'daughter of her son.' Towards him, she may therefore also exercise a new motherhood through the discreet yet extremely efficacious and inestimably precious closeness of prayer, and by offering of her own life for the ministry of her son."


"This new 'fatherhood' - for which the Seminarian is prepared, which the priest has been given, and which benefits all God's People - needs to be accompanied by assiduous prayer and personal sacrifice, in order that a priest's free adherence to the divine will may continually be renewed and strengthened, that he may never tire in the battle of faith, and that he may unite his own life ever more completely to the Sacrifice of Christ the Lord."


Cardinal Piacenza concludes: "Mothers of priests and seminarians thus represent a true and veritable 'army,' which from earth offers prayers and sacrifice to heaven, and from heaven intercedes in even greater number so that every grace and blessing may be poured out upon the lives of the Church's sacred ministers."

1 comment:

Judy Kallmeyer said...

Dear Father,

During the "Year for the Priest" I began the practice of adopting several priests and making them the special objects of my prayer during the year. I have continued the practice. Three years ago, I came upon an article about the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a cloistered, contemplative congregation dedicated to prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification and salvation of priests. In researching the congregation, I learned that they had several External Prayer Apostolates, among which is the Oblates of the Precious. The Oblates, who are single, married, members of Third Orders, priests and members of other religious congregations, share the "apostolate" of the Handmaids, prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification and salvation of priests. On September 14, 2013, I made my Solemn Resolution of Love as an Oblate and so my entire life is now given to the prayerful support of priests. I thought that you might be interested in this Apostolate and might perhaps encourage people to embrace it. For further information, check the website nunsforpriests.org You will find information on the Handmaids and Oblates at this site. Our priests are very dear to me, and I feel privileged to, as some of our Protestant brothers and sisters would put it, have a burden for priests. May my poor prayers be of assistance to them.