Priests: Sons and Fathers

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Spiritual Childhood and Fatherhood

One who has not known the joys and the security in love of divine sonship cannot receive the grace of supernatural fatherhood. One learns to be a father by being a son and, even in the perfection of spiritual fatherhood, one remains a little child, a son beloved of my Father, full of confidence in His Providence and ready, at every moment, to embrace His Will as it unfolds.

Wounded Sons

So many of my priests are retarded in the exercise of their spiritual paternity because they are wounded in their identity as sons. I am about to heal many of my beloved priests who bear, deep within their souls, the wounds of a sonship that did not unfold as I would have wanted it to unfold because of the sins of fathers, and this over many generations.

Reconciliation of Sons with Fathers

I desire to fill my Church with spiritual fathers by healing a great number of wounded sons among my priests. I desire the reconciliation of sons with their fathers, and of fathers with their sons. Through this reconciliation the wounds inflicted on the souls of my priests will be healed, freeing them to enter fully into my love for the Father, into my obedience to the Father, into my glorification of the Father.

Paternal Generativity in the Church

Those who will be healed in this way will become fathers of souls, participating in the tenderness and strength of the Eternal Father and sharing in the fatherhood that the Apostles recognized in me whilst I lived on earth among them in the flesh. I revealed the Fatherhood of God to my Apostles and graced them with a new birth into my own Divine Sonship. Thus were they rendered capable of a supernatural fatherhood that even today generates life in my Church.

Where Healing Takes Place

O my priests, I call you to myself in the Sacrament of my Love. There I will heal you of those childhood wounds that have impaired your response to my Father for too long. I will free you to enter into the grace and mystery of my own Sonship, and you will discover, each one for yourself, what it means to be "a son in the Son." This is my desire. This is my plan for you. Let me heal your souls. Let me restore you to the security and joy of divine sonship. Let me call you to fatherhood in my Church and to a strong and tender care for souls.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest


"Look down from heaven and regard us from your holy and glorious palace! Where is your zealous care and your might, your surge of pity and your mercy?
O Lord, hold not back , for you are our Father.
Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknolwledge us, You, Lord, are our Father, our redeemer you are named forever." ( Isaiah 63 : 15-16)

" There is none who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to cling to you; for you have hidden your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.
Be not so very angry , Lord, keep not our guilt forever in mind; look upon us, who are all your people". ( Isaiah 64: 6-8)

"I was ready to respond to those who asked me not, to be found by those who sought me not; I said :
HERE I AM ! HERE I AM ! to a nation that did not call upon my name."
(Isaiah 65: 1)

************ Thank you , Father Mark ....for being the watchman....the seeker....the one who asks....who calls upon the Name of the Lord....who rouses in the night in order to cling to the Word Made Flesh .....for whom, like Moses, the Face of the Beloved is never hidden.... in order to cry out as an advocate for our priestly brothers : Abba ! Papa ! withold not your surge of pity and mercy for your sons !!

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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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