Give Him your poverty, trust Him with your sins

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This painting by S. Solomon (1840-1905), a secular Jewish artist of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, is powerfully expressive of the radiance of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus reflected on the face of his priest.

Your union with Me in prayer
lessens the resistance of many priests
to entering resolutely upon the path of holiness
that I am opening before them.
When you represent My priests before My Eucharistic Face,
you are obtaining graces for them,
but also the grace to accept those graces
that I long to bestow upon them.
So much of what I long to give My priests is refused
because they are unable to move beyond their fears and their self-absorption.

I would work marvels in every place on earth
through the ministry of My priests
if they would accept the graces that I hold in reserve for them.
I would first purify and sanctify them,
and then, by means of their sacred ministry,
purify and sanctify a great multitude of souls,
so as to make of them
an offering of praise and thanksgiving to the glory of My Father.

Why do My priests refuse the gifts that I would lavish upon them?
Many are self-sufficient, relying on their natural abilities and talents,
and thinking that these natural gifts are sufficient
for the success of their ministry.
But their idea of success is not Mine.
And the means that they would take are not Mine.
And I have no need of their natural abilities and talents.
I can do more with one poor priest
who, like the Curé of Ars, is humble
and utterly united to Me by ceaseless prayer,
than I can with a priest who astounds the world with his knowledge
and presents himself brilliantly in the sight of men.

When I find a priest who is open to My gifts,
I lavish these gifts upon him.
Nothing is lacking to the priest who comes before Me
in his poverty, and even in his sins,
provided that he give Me his poverty and trust Me with his sins,
and expose all his weaknesses
to the transforming light of My Eucharistic Face.

This is what I ask you to do . . .
not only for yourself, but for all My priests.
I am about to renew My priesthood in the whole Church.
I will purify the sons of Levi in fulfilment of the ancient prophecy,
not those of a physical priestly lineage,
but those who have taken the place of the former priesthood,
and who are one with Me
in the everlasting priesthood of the Order of Melchisedek.
I will change the face of the priesthood
to make it resplendent
with the light reflected from My Eucharistic Face.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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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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