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Vultus Christi

I know your heart's desire

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Many priests experience, at some point in their interior life, the call to focus on adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. They sense, in some way, that Our Lord is asking them to spend more time in His sacramental presence, to linger in the radiance of His Eucharistic Face and, even, to console His Eucharistic Heart. Some priests, including those engaged in demanding pastoral work, may even, paradoxically, hear within their souls a gentle but persistent call to perpetual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

In The Priest in Union With Christ, Father Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. writes:

Every follower of Christ -- but especially His priests ‚-- are invited to worship Him in the Eucharist, but there are some who receive a special vocation to this devotion -- the Eucharistic vocation. "Nobody can come to Me without being attracted towards Me by the Father who sent Me" (John 6, 44). And the Father attracts everyone to salvation but not necessarily along the same path.
What is this Eucharistic vocation, in the opinion of Saint Peter Julien Eymard? It is a special attraction of grace, gentle but compelling -- as if Christ were saying to the soul: Come to my sanctuary. Provided no resistance is offered, this attraction gradually becomes supreme.
The faithful soul responding to this invitation finds peace, as though it had discovered at long last its natural home and spiritual food: "I have found my resting place." Books and conferences no longer give the help required; this can only be found in more intense prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

The priest who senses this particular call to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament may also, at the same time, have difficulty responding to it in the midst of other demands on his time and energy. Even after having discerned what Father Garrigou-Lagrange calls the Eucharistic vocation, he may find himself solicited on all sides by pastoral, administrative, and social obligations. He may find himself disorganized and overwhelmed by all that he has to do. He may even allow days to go by without making the changes that will allow him to consecrate more time to adoration.

I would suggest that, before doing anything else, he go before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and make a very simple prayer along these lines: "Lord Jesus, I want to adore Thee more. I desire to adore Thee always. I beg Thee to teach me how best to order my day." This is the sort of prayer that Our Lord is pleased to answer. It is the sort of prayer that can open the soul to the graces necessary to pass from preoccupation with "many things" to peace and joy in the choice of The One Thing Necessary.

The following words from In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest, may also prove helpful:

Adore me always and in all places by a simple movement of your heart.

Consider that wherever you are, I see you
and know your heart's desire.

Desire to adore me always,
and know that I accept that desire of yours with great delight.

Come to me as frequently as you can.
Use every opportunity to come before me in the Sacrament of my Love.

There is no need to calculate the length of time
you give me in the course of a day.

If your heart is always in a state of adoration,
you will find your way to my tabernacle frequently
and you will abide in my presence willingly and gratefully.

Allow me to lead you and instruct you
in the life of adoration to which I have called you.
The Holy Spirit will be your infallible guide
and the teacher of your adoration.

40 posted on 08/27/2011 8:37:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Regnum Christi

Memorial of Saint Monica (Aug. 27, 2011)

August 27, 2011
Memorial of Saint Monica


Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "A man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one -- to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master´s money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ´Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.´ His master said to him, ´Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master´s joy.´ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ´Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.´ His master said to him, ´Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master´s joy.´ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ´Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.´ His master said to him in reply, ´You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.´"

Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come to you again in prayer. Even though I cannot see you, I know through faith that you are present in my life. I hope in your promise to be with me. I love you, and I know you love me. Accept this prayer as a token of my love.

Petition: Teach me, Lord, to take all that you have given me and make it produce fruit for your kingdom.

1. God’s Gifts: The Gospel tells us clearly that God distributes his gifts among us as he wills, and he entrusts each one of us with a mission. He gives us what we need to produce fruits for his kingdom, and he expects us to use those gifts responsibly and diligently. No two people are exactly alike, and God treats each one individually as a unique person made in his image. We need to live before God and respond to him sincerely by using to the maximum the talents he has given us. Are we making the best use of all that God has given us, or have we neglected some things and taken others for granted? Might we be committing a sin of omission with regards to some of our talents?

2. Life as a Mission: The servants who invest the talents and make a return on them have understood the purpose of their lives and the time they have at their disposal. These servants were generous with everything their master had given them, making it bear fruit, and they received from him the reward of greater intimacy and more responsibility. Each of us is also given a limited amount of time in life to use our various gifts to give glory to God and help save other souls. We too should work every day to hear those words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

3. The Useless Servant: How often we are paralyzed by fear or false prudence into doing nothing, into trying just to preserve ourselves! Sometimes we don’t take God’s gifts seriously or think we have been given very little, and we use that as a rationalization for making no effort or for producing little for God. We blame circumstances or others; but the fact is we are neglecting to produce the fruits God wants. The master didn’t expect a return of five talents from the servant to whom he gave only one. He would have been happy with a return of one more, but the lazy servant closed in on his egoism, self-love and laziness. We must resolve to use our God-given talents wisely so as to net him a big return.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, give me the grace and love to work for your kingdom with all the talents that you have given me. Let me return them all to you with real fruits for your kingdom.

Resolution: I will make a plan for evangelizing other souls and look for fruits of holiness in others.

41 posted on 08/27/2011 8:57:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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