The Pierced Heart of the Crucified from which flows Life in abundance

Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Psalm 125 next >
In convertendo. The people of God rejoice at their delivery from captivity.
1 When the lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.
2 Then was our mouth filled with gladness; and our tongue with joy. Then shall they say among the Gentiles: The Lord hath done great things for them.
3 The Lord hath done great things for us: we are become joyful.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a stream in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.
7 But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves

+from Vultus Christi 14MAY2008

The Johannine Fatherhood of the Priest
The priest is called to fatherhood; he refuses this fatherhood or minimizes it at the peril of his own soul because it was for this priestly fruitfulness that he was chosen by Christ. The priest is called to cherish the Mystical Body of Christ and to nourish it, to play an indispensable role in the transmission of divine life.
Spiritual fatherhood is actualized sacramentally in preaching, in hearing confessions, and in the celebration of the other sacraments, above all in offering the Eucharist.
There is also a hiddeb aspect to the fatherhood of the priest: suffering and the secret prayer that pleads the Blood of Christ over every sorrow and every wound opened by sin. The fatherhood of the priest – his “Johannine” fatherhood — grows out of his contemplation of the pierced Heart of the Crucified. It is the wound from which flows life, “life in abundance” cf. Jn 10:10).
The Marian Motherhood of the Consecrated Woman
The consecrated woman, be she in a monastery or in an “apostolic” congregation, is called to spiritual fecundity, to the joys and sorrows of a real motherhood of souls.
Just as the fatherhood of the priest is “Johannine,” the motherhood of the consecrated woman is “Marian.” The sister who hesitates before the motherhood to which Christ calls her or who, at some level, resists growing into it, is spiritually contracepting. She risks becoming the barren wife so often lamented in Scripture. The sister who says ‘yes’ to the fecundity willed for her by Christ enters deeply into the Mystery of Mary and of the Church. The fruitfulness of spiritual motherhood is rarely visible, obliging the consecrated woman to live an intense faith, an austere hope and, at times a crucifying love. The reality is that on the other side of eternity every sister made fruitful in Christ will be called Mother and, appearing before the face of God will be able to say, “Here am I, and the children God has given me” (Heb 2:13).
+Neh 11:2
And the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves to dwell in Jerusalem.

+future,yes! and even now!

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