Couldst thou not watch one hour?

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I sometimes wonder if those of you who keep watch before the Eucharistic Face of Jesus for the sake of His priests, really grasp the significance of your adoration. Allow me on this Lenten First Friday of March to suggest something of what you are doing, and of what Our Lord is doing through you, when you persevere in prayer close to the tabernacle or in the radiance of the monstrance containing His adorable Body and Blood.

A Divine Work

You are participating in a divine work, in a work of grace. You are before Our Lord's Eucharistic Face as an empty vessel to be filled with the power and sweetness of the Holy Spirit, so that souls might drink of His Love and, drinking, know that His Love is sweeter than any earthly delight.


You are before Our Lord's Eucharistic Face as an intercessor in whose soul the Holy Spirit is sighing with ineffable groanings, and obtaining from the Father, through Christ, the Eternal High Priest, all that the Father desires to give His priests in this world and in the next.


You are a reparator opening yourself to receive the love that so many others ignore, refuse, or treat with indifference, coldness, and disdain. By offering yourself to the Lord Jesus in an adoration of reparation, you console His Eucharistic Heart, which burns with love and so desires to fill souls with His tender mercy.


When you are before HIs Eucharistic Face, you are the privileged friend of His Heart, keeping Him company in His loneliness and allowing Him to share with you His sorrows, His grieving over sin, and His designs for a priesthood made pure and radiant with holiness.


When you are before Our Lord's Eucharistic Face, you are with Him a victim of love, handed over and bound to remain at your place before the altar with no desires or plans other than to love, to adore, to make reparation, and to represent all priests in a prayer that simple, and confident, and life-changing.

The Work of Christ the Priest

When you are in adoration before His Eucharistic Face, you are are not idle; you are working in a way far more efficacious than any human undertaking can be. This is your work and it is Christ's work in you. This is a work that many will criticize and not understand. You are before the Eucharistic Face of Jesus in a divinely active collaboration with Him, who from the Sacrament of His Love, continues His priestly mediation before the Father on behalf of poor sinners.

Never Doubt

Never doubt of the value of your hours of adoration. It is this that Our Lord is asking you to do, and He will draw from your presence in the sanctuary a great good and a superabundance of graces for His priests.


Father thanks for your words of consolation. Please pray that our archdiocese will soon start a formation program for spiritual mothers.
~United in Christ

This is so beautiful, Father Mark. It reminds me very much of the loving way Jesus spoke to St. Faustina in the Divine Mercy diary. I like that diary because it shows just how much Jesus wants us and loves us, just like what you wrote.

Father Mark, you are so brilliant......that is very encouraging and life-giving......have just been at adoration but feeling guilty re poor concentration and brain I feel wonderful!! amore Christi......Pauline, Limerick, Ireland xx

Yep, because of you, Fr. Mark, I now spend two hours each day, 5:30am to 6:30am and 4:15pm to 5:15pm. I find this post most affiming and encouraging. Thanks

Father Jeffrey Keyes C.PP.S., thank you so much for your comment. It's quite comforting to see that in the priesthood.

And yes, Pauline, Father Mark is brilliant! I find much edification in his words.

Fr. Mark, thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
I loved reading Father Jeffrey Keyes's comment.

Hi Father Mark,
That is just what I needed to read. Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. Like Bernadette, I too think it is beautiful.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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