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You should offer them before Me with tears and great desire, that I may re-clothe them in My goodness

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Knowing very clearly the vital position the priests have in the Church, her enemies, both human and demonic, do not cease to attack the priests from all sectors. The seducer seeks to strike the shepherd so that the sheep may be scattered.

For this reason it is necessary to continually set up a bulwark of protection around the priests of the Church. We invoke Mary to cover them with her mantle; we ask the angels to surround them with a strong shield; we petition St. Joseph, the universal protector of the Church, and terror of demons, to provide a special defense for its ministers.
At the same time, if we witness the failings of the priests, and even suffer from them, we must be on guard, lest by attacking the priests we make things worse. Even if particular priests may not be holy persons, they are always sacred persons by reason of their ordination. They are God’s anointed ones. Just as David in the Old Testament never dared to lift a hand against King Saul, who unjustly persecuted him, ever mindful that Saul was still God’s anointed one; [1 Sam 24:6] so too we should never presume to attack God’s anointed ministers.
St. Catherine of Siena records the words of God the Father in her Dialogues:
“I wish seculars to hold [all priests] in due reverence, not for their own sakes, as I have said, but for Mine, by reason of the authority which I have given them. Wherefore this reverence should never diminish in the case of priests whose virtue grows weak, any more than in the case of those virtuous ones of whose goodness I have spoken to you; for all alike have been appointed ministers of the Sun — that is of the Body and Blood of My Son, and of the other Sacraments.
“This dignity belongs to good and bad alike — all have the Sun to administer, as has been said, and perfect priests are themselves in a condition of light, that is to say, they illuminate and warm their neighbors through their love. And with this heat they cause virtues to spring up and bear fruit in the souls of their subjects.
I have appointed them to be in very truth your guardian angels to protect you; to inspire your hearts with good thoughts by their holy prayers, and to teach you My doctrine reflected in the mirror of their life, and to serve you by administering to you the holy Sacraments, thus serving you, watching over you, and inspiring you with good and holy thoughts as does an angel.
“See, then, that besides the dignity to which I have appointed them, how worthy they are of being loved; when they also possess the adornment of virtue, as did those of whom I spoke to you, which are all bound and obliged to possess, and in what great reverence you should hold them, for they are My beloved children and shine each as a sun in the mystical body of the holy Church by their virtues, for every virtuous man is worthy of love, and these all the more by reason of the ministry which I have placed in their hands.
You should love them therefore by reason of the virtue and dignity of the Sacrament, and by reason of that very virtue and dignity you should hate the defects of those who live miserably in sin, but not on that account appoint yourselves their judges, which I forbid, because they are My Christs (anointed ones), and you ought to love and reverence the authority which I have given them.
You know well that if a filthy and badly dressed person brought you a great treasure from which you obtained life, you would not hate the bearer, however ragged and filthy he might be, through love of the treasure and of the lord who sent it to you. His state would indeed displease you, and you would be anxious through love of his master that he should be cleansed from his foulness and properly clothed.
This, then, is your duty according to the demands of charity, and thus I wish you to act with regard to such badly ordered priests, who themselves filthy and clothed in garments ragged with vice through their separation from My love, bring you great Treasures — that is to say, the Sacraments of the holy Church — from which you obtain the life of grace, receiving Them worthily (in spite of the great defects there may be in them) through love of Me, the Eternal God, who send them to you, and through love of that life of grace which you receive from the great treasure, by which they administer to you the whole of God and the whole of Man, that is to say, the Body and Blood of My Son united to My Divine nature.
Their sins indeed should displease you, and you should hate them, and strive with love and holy prayer to re-clothe them, washing away their foulness with your tears — that is to say, that you should offer them before Me with tears and great desire, that I may re-clothe them in My goodness, with the garment of charity.
Know well that I wish to do them grace, if only they will dispose themselves to receive it, and you to pray for it; for it is not according to My will that they should administer to you the Sun being themselves in darkness, not that they should be stripped of the garment of virtue, foully living in dishonor; on the contrary I have given them to you, and appointed them to be earthly angels and suns, as I have said.
It not being My will that they should be in this state, you should pray for them, and not judge them, leaving their judgment to Me. And I, moved by your prayers, will do them mercy if they will only receive it, but if they do not correct their life, their dignity will be the cause of their ruin. For if they do not accept the breadth of My mercy, I, the Supreme Judge, shall terribly condemn them at their last extremity, and they will be sent to the eternal fire.”
These words of this great Doctor of the Church indicate not only the dignity of the priest, and the responsibility he has to live up to that dignity, but also the duty of the laity who recognize the failings of the priest to “wash away their foulness with their tears,” and re-clothe them by praying that they be disposed to receive the graces of God’s mercy.
The prophet Zechariah had the following vision: “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?’ Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.’ And I said, ‘Let them put a clean turban on his head.’ So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments; and the angel of the Lord was standing by.” [Zech 3:1-5]
This prophetic vision contrasts the work of Satan with that of the holy angel. Satan accuses, while the holy angel asks those around to remove the filthy garments from the high priest. The angel rebukes Satan, and has mercy on Joshua. The angel speaks of Joshua as a “brand plucked from the fire”. The image being used here seems to be very fitting for our present time. The elements of a neo-pagan, anti-Christian, materialistic, consumeristic, lust-laden culture which are being promoted through the mass-media could be likened to a destructive fire which is spreading even into the members of the Church.

Even those whom God has called to the religious life and the priesthood can hardly be expected to have been spared the harmful influence. God, no doubt, wishes them to be “snatched” from the flames; but we cannot be surprised if they are already charred and thereby weakened and perhaps even blind to the dangers to which they continue to expose themselves.
The solution is not to accuse, but to intercede, and even after we have interceded a hundred times, we still should not accuse. God does not show us who is the “least of His brothers”. But we know that whatever we do to the least of His brothers we do to Him.
Since priests are, as St. Catherine writes, the anointed ones of God, or in other words, “Christs”, we can be all the more assured of God’s reward for all those who dedicate themselves to “re-clothing” the priests through prayers and sacrifices offered on their behalf.
“Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world “for when I was naked, you clothed me.” [Mat 25:34-36]
Fr. Basil Nortz, ORC
Opus Angelorum
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Abba Pater John Paul II

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ABBÀ PATER Turn to us with mercy, Lord; we have sinned against you. Lenten liturgy

You did not receive a spirit of slavery,but you have received a spirit of adoption,enabling us to cry out “Abbà Father.”Romans 8:15

You are my son; today I have begotten you.Psalm 2:7

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.2 Samuel 7:14These are prophetic words. They speak of God, who is the Father in the highest and most authentic sense of the word. Isaiah says: “Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”Isaiah 64:8Shema Israel!

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forsake you.Isaiah 49:14-15Shema Israel!

It is significant that in the passages from the prophet Isaiah the paternity of God is filled with images inspired by maternity. Jesus refers again and again to the paternity of God in regard to mankind by alluding to numerous passages contained in the Old Testament.

For Jesus, God is not only the Father of Israel and the Father of mankind, but also his Father and my Father.General Audience, Vatican City, October 16, 1985

Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is inheaven. Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors,and do not bring us to the time of trial,but rescue us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13 Saint Peter’s, March 22, 1995

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What is a merciful heart?

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In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up–here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of hiddenness. ~Pope Benedict XVI

O my Hope, pour into my heart the inebriation that consists in the hope of you. O Jesus Christ, the resurrection and light of all worlds, place upon my soul’s head the crown of knowledge of you; open before me all of a sudden the door of mercies, cause the rays of your grace to shine out in my heart.
I give praise to your holy Nature, Lord, for you have made my nature a sanctuary for your hiddenness and a tabernacle for your mysteries, a place where you can dwell, and a holy temple for your Divinity.

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation.

For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God.

Do not despise the sinner for we are all guilty. If, for love of God, you rise up against him, mourn for him instead. Why do you despise him? Despise his sins but pray for him so that you may be like Christ, who did not get annoyed with sinners but prayed for them.

Can’t you see how he wept over Jerusalem? For we, too, have been duped by the devil more than once. So why despise him whom the devil, who mocks us all, has deceived just like us?

Why, O man, despise the sinner? Is it because he is not as just as you are yourself? But what happens to your justice from the moment you are without love? Why did you not weep for him? Instead, you persecute him. It is through ignorance that certain people get upset, believing themselves to have discernment into the deeds of sinners.

excerpts from St. Isaac the Syrian+A.D. 700
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‘Love changes hearts and brings peace. How great is the need for mercy in the world’ -John Paul II

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The Tomb of John Paul II Vatican Grottoes
http://www.saintpetersbasilica.org/Grottoes/JPII/Tomb%20of%20John%20Paul%20II.htm

First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy 2 April – 6 April, 2008

“In 2004 John Paul II appealed to the entire Church to be ‘witness to mercy’”, said the cardinal.( Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., archbishop of Vienna, Austria and president of the congress)
“While at the Regina Coeli prayer on 3 April 2005 he would have said: ‘Love changes hearts and brings peace. How great is the need for mercy in the world’. Death prevented that great Pope from pronouncing those words, but the message has lost none of its validity or relevance”.

Cardinal Schonborn concluded: “The message of John Paul II and of Faustina Kowalska is not some abstract principle, it has a name and a face: Jesus. … and will be the nucleus of the First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy”.

April 2nd : dedicated to the prophetic intuition of Pope John Paul II regarding Divine Mercy
April 3rd : Mercy in the Mystery of the Church
April 4th : Communion of the Church, stimulated by Mercy
April 5th : Mercy for the Mission of the Church
April 6th : Closing Celebration of the Eucharist on St Peter’s Square

PRAYER FOR ASKING GRACES THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF THE SERVANT OF GOD POPE JOHN PAUL II
O Blessed Trinity We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.

April 1, 2005
That evening, as thousands of young people gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for the dying Pontiff, John Paul said the words that his spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls reported at that time: “I have searched for you, and now you have come to me, and I thank you.”

Early on Saturday, April 2, 2005 Pope John Paul was slipping in and out of consciousness, AAS reports. Mass was celebrated at his bedside, and he received the Secretary of State for a final time late in the morning. At about 3:30 in the afternoon, speaking in Polish in a feeble voice, John Paul said, “Let me go to the Father’s house.”

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You should offer them before Me with tears and great desire, that I may re-clothe them in My goodness

Posted on April 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Knowing very clearly the vital position the priests have in the Church, her enemies, both human and demonic, do not cease to attack the priests from all sectors. The seducer seeks to strike the shepherd so that the sheep may be scattered.

For this reason it is necessary to continually set up a bulwark of protection around the priests of the Church. We invoke Mary to cover them with her mantle; we ask the angels to surround them with a strong shield; we petition St. Joseph, the universal protector of the Church, and terror of demons, to provide a special defense for its ministers.
At the same time, if we witness the failings of the priests, and even suffer from them, we must be on guard, lest by attacking the priests we make things worse. Even if particular priests may not be holy persons, they are always sacred persons by reason of their ordination. They are God’s anointed ones. Just as David in the Old Testament never dared to lift a hand against King Saul, who unjustly persecuted him, ever mindful that Saul was still God’s anointed one; [1 Sam 24:6] so too we should never presume to attack God’s anointed ministers.
St. Catherine of Siena records the words of God the Father in her Dialogues:
“I wish seculars to hold [all priests] in due reverence, not for their own sakes, as I have said, but for Mine, by reason of the authority which I have given them. Wherefore this reverence should never diminish in the case of priests whose virtue grows weak, any more than in the case of those virtuous ones of whose goodness I have spoken to you; for all alike have been appointed ministers of the Sun — that is of the Body and Blood of My Son, and of the other Sacraments.
“This dignity belongs to good and bad alike — all have the Sun to administer, as has been said, and perfect priests are themselves in a condition of light, that is to say, they illuminate and warm their neighbors through their love. And with this heat they cause virtues to spring up and bear fruit in the souls of their subjects.
I have appointed them to be in very truth your guardian angels to protect you; to inspire your hearts with good thoughts by their holy prayers, and to teach you My doctrine reflected in the mirror of their life, and to serve you by administering to you the holy Sacraments, thus serving you, watching over you, and inspiring you with good and holy thoughts as does an angel.
“See, then, that besides the dignity to which I have appointed them, how worthy they are of being loved; when they also possess the adornment of virtue, as did those of whom I spoke to you, which are all bound and obliged to possess, and in what great reverence you should hold them, for they are My beloved children and shine each as a sun in the mystical body of the holy Church by their virtues, for every virtuous man is worthy of love, and these all the more by reason of the ministry which I have placed in their hands.
You should love them therefore by reason of the virtue and dignity of the Sacrament, and by reason of that very virtue and dignity you should hate the defects of those who live miserably in sin, but not on that account appoint yourselves their judges, which I forbid, because they are My Christs (anointed ones), and you ought to love and reverence the authority which I have given them.
You know well that if a filthy and badly dressed person brought you a great treasure from which you obtained life, you would not hate the bearer, however ragged and filthy he might be, through love of the treasure and of the lord who sent it to you. His state would indeed displease you, and you would be anxious through love of his master that he should be cleansed from his foulness and properly clothed.
This, then, is your duty according to the demands of charity, and thus I wish you to act with regard to such badly ordered priests, who themselves filthy and clothed in garments ragged with vice through their separation from My love, bring you great Treasures — that is to say, the Sacraments of the holy Church — from which you obtain the life of grace, receiving Them worthily (in spite of the great defects there may be in them) through love of Me, the Eternal God, who send them to you, and through love of that life of grace which you receive from the great treasure, by which they administer to you the whole of God and the whole of Man, that is to say, the Body and Blood of My Son united to My Divine nature.
Their sins indeed should displease you, and you should hate them, and strive with love and holy prayer to re-clothe them, washing away their foulness with your tears — that is to say, that you should offer them before Me with tears and great desire, that I may re-clothe them in My goodness, with the garment of charity.
Know well that I wish to do them grace, if only they will dispose themselves to receive it, and you to pray for it; for it is not according to My will that they should administer to you the Sun being themselves in darkness, not that they should be stripped of the garment of virtue, foully living in dishonor; on the contrary I have given them to you, and appointed them to be earthly angels and suns, as I have said.
It not being My will that they should be in this state, you should pray for them, and not judge them, leaving their judgment to Me. And I, moved by your prayers, will do them mercy if they will only receive it, but if they do not correct their life, their dignity will be the cause of their ruin. For if they do not accept the breadth of My mercy, I, the Supreme Judge, shall terribly condemn them at their last extremity, and they will be sent to the eternal fire.”
These words of this great Doctor of the Church indicate not only the dignity of the priest, and the responsibility he has to live up to that dignity, but also the duty of the laity who recognize the failings of the priest to “wash away their foulness with their tears,” and re-clothe them by praying that they be disposed to receive the graces of God’s mercy.
The prophet Zechariah had the following vision: “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?’ Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.’ And I said, ‘Let them put a clean turban on his head.’ So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments; and the angel of the Lord was standing by.” [Zech 3:1-5]
This prophetic vision contrasts the work of Satan with that of the holy angel. Satan accuses, while the holy angel asks those around to remove the filthy garments from the high priest. The angel rebukes Satan, and has mercy on Joshua. The angel speaks of Joshua as a “brand plucked from the fire”. The image being used here seems to be very fitting for our present time. The elements of a neo-pagan, anti-Christian, materialistic, consumeristic, lust-laden culture which are being promoted through the mass-media could be likened to a destructive fire which is spreading even into the members of the Church.

Even those whom God has called to the religious life and the priesthood can hardly be expected to have been spared the harmful influence. God, no doubt, wishes them to be “snatched” from the flames; but we cannot be surprised if they are alread
y charred and thereby weakened and perhaps even blind to the dangers to which they continue to expose themselves.
The solution is not to accuse, but to intercede, and even after we have interceded a hundred times, we still should not accuse. God does not show us who is the “least of His brothers”. But we know that whatever we do to the least of His brothers we do to Him.
Since priests are, as St. Catherine writes, the anointed ones of God, or in other words, “Christs”, we can be all the more assured of God’s reward for all those who dedicate themselves to “re-clothing” the priests through prayers and sacrifices offered on their behalf.
“Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world “for when I was naked, you clothed me.” [Mat 25:34-36]
Fr. Basil Nortz, ORC
Opus Angelorum
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Abba Pater John Paul II

Posted on April 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

ABBÀ PATER Turn to us with mercy, Lord; we have sinned against you. Lenten liturgy

You did not receive a spirit of slavery,but you have received a spirit of adoption,enabling us to cry out “Abbà Father.”Romans 8:15

You are my son; today I have begotten you.Psalm 2:7

I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.2 Samuel 7:14These are prophetic words. They speak of God, who is the Father in the highest and most authentic sense of the word. Isaiah says: “Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”Isaiah 64:8Shema Israel!

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forsake you.Isaiah 49:14-15Shema Israel!

It is significant that in the passages from the prophet Isaiah the paternity of God is filled with images inspired by maternity. Jesus refers again and again to the paternity of God in regard to mankind by alluding to numerous passages contained in the Old Testament.

For Jesus, God is not only the Father of Israel and the Father of mankind, but also his Father and my Father.General Audience, Vatican City, October 16, 1985

Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is inheaven. Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,as we also have forgiven our debtors,and do not bring us to the time of trial,but rescue us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13 Saint Peter’s, March 22, 1995

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