Soul Food Talk # 20 – Spiritual Motherhood

SOUL FOOD Talk #20 – Spiritual Motherhood & Prayer in the Eternal Mode
1. Following the vimeo of Maria Hickein’s talk on Spiritual Motherhood [ https://player.vimeo.com/video/112257476  ], I thought it would be good to see some of that in writing. I can’t begin to duplicate her talk which is so much more profound than what I produce for you here, but it would be good to review some of it.

A SIMPLE PATH TO UNION WITH GOD, Manual for the formation of Victims of Love Crucified, especially Chapter 7, “SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD,”  pp. 359-394.  http://www.lovecrucified.com/path/simple_path.html

[The entire book is available online as a pdf file.]

GOD’S PLAN FOR RESTORATION
2. On the occasion of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI wrote a prophetic letter to women: “The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel, can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.”

3. What the Pope foresaw for women is coming about through their motherhood. All women, impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel, are called to aid mankind as mothers. As Pope Francis said, motherhood “is not simply a biological matter, but carries a wealth of implications.” One of these implications is spiritual motherhood for priests. This amazing gift is integral to Christ’s plan for our salvation. As He purifies hearts in the Fire of His Sacred Heart, He restores the ability between men and women to truly love and complement each other in the service of the Kingdom. In our brokenness we may find it hard to believe that a mother-son relationship is possible or even desirable between women and priests. We tend to think only of the dangers and fail to see that Christ at Calvary established spiritual motherhood when He joined the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John as mother and son.

4. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home -John 19:26-27

5. The Mother of God received from Jesus on the Cross another vocation: to be also our mother. She was entrusted with forming us as she formed Him. As mother of the Apostles, she prayed with them at Pentecost and remained united with them as they went forth in their mission. All during her life, she offered her hidden sorrows and solitude for them. Her maternal care has never ceased and, in these difficult times, it is more powerful than ever. December 8, 1965

ALL WOMEN ARE CALLED TO SHARE MARY’S SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD
6. It is often believed that the maternal role of Mary is exclusive to her. It is true that no woman can make herself into another Mary, nor can a man make himself into another Christ. It is the Lord who calls them, women to extend the presence of Mary as spiritual mothers, and men to extend the presence of Christ as priests. Both need to humbly open their hearts to be transformed by grace in order to receive their vocation. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the papal preacher wrote: “Only men can be priests, but the wisdom of God has kept for women, an even higher task in a certain sense, which the world does not understand and thus rejects with disdain: that of forming priests and of contributing to raising the quality, not the quantity, of Catholic priesthood.”

7. By being chosen “Among women”, Mary is not separated from her sisters; she becomes the channel of grace for all to be blessed by sharing in her vocation. When Elizabeth said to Mary: “Blessed are you” (Lk1:42), she was recognizing that Mary is the chosen one of God; when she added “among women”, she was prophesying that all women are called to partake in Mary’s blessedness. Since the beginning of the Church, women and men have served together. They were close to Jesus and St. Paul. Cardinal Ratzinger told bishops: “The women were never in fact bishops or priests, but they were among those who carried forward the apostolic life and its universal task”.

8. The greatest gift of women, the one that frames all the others, is their maternity, which is able to extend with Mary’s beyond natural child bearing. Everywhere the need exists for maternal sympathy and help, and thus we are able to recapitulate in the one word motherliness that which we have developed as the characteristic value of woman. Only, the motherliness must be that which does not remain within the narrow circle of blood relations or of personal friends; but in accordance with the model of the Mother of Mercy, it must have its root in universal divine love for all who are there, belabored and burdened. –St. Theresa Benedicta  [Edith Stein].

9. Spiritual maternity is tenderness and nurturing but also includes gifts such as teaching, forming and correcting. The Lord chooses women who are intimately united with Mary, to extend her spiritual maternity to others, including to priests. Mary has a particular maternal care for priests, since they are the presence of her Son on earth. It is, therefore, essential that those called to be spiritual mothers for priests, go with Mary to the foot of the Cross to give their Fiat. It is there, with their hearts pierced as one with Mary’s, sharing the passion of Jesus crucified, that they offer their lives for the sanctification of priests.

10. The vocation of spiritual mothers for priests is to live in the heart of Mary, imitating her virtues, specially purity, humility and sacrifice, so that, with her, they can draw the graces of Jesus at the Cross for their spiritual son-priest. Inspired by Venerable Conchita, a Mother of the Cross gave us this prayer:

My Lord and my God, give me a loving and humble heart,
a courageous heart full of zeal and boldness,
a tender heart, a meek and docile heart that will be willing to take,
one by one, the thorns that pierce Your most tender Heart,
and pierce with them my heart with no other desire
but to be Your consolation in every moment of my life.
I wound my heart for love of You, my Lord,
and moved with profound compassion, together with Mary,
our Venerable Conchita, and all the Holy Women that have walked in the path of Spiritual Motherhood from the beginning of time,
I offer myself completely as a victim united with the Victim,
for the sanctification of every priest and the salvation of every man in every walk of life!
Jesus, my Savior and my God! Save them! Save them!

THE CHURCH TEACHES THE IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD
11. In the words of cardinal Hummes, the objective of spiritual motherhood for priests is that “from every corner of the earth, prayers of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition and reparation will always be lifted to God — an incessant prayer in order to raise up a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priesthood, and together with this, to accompany them spiritually.”

12. The Congregation for the Clergy, in a 2007 letter to all bishops, recognized spiritual motherhood for priests as something of “fundamental and vital importance” and asked them to promote it: “We are asking, therefore, all diocesan Ordinaries who apprehend in a particular way the specificity and irreplaceability of the ordained ministry in the life of the Church, together with the urgency of a common action in support of the ministerial priesthood, to take an active role and promote – in the different portions of the People of God entrusted to them – true and proper cenacles in which clerics, religious and lay people – united among themselves in the spirit of true communion – may devote themselves to prayer, in the form of continuous Eucharistic adoration in a spirit of genuine and authentic reparation and purification.”
The document laments that: “The vocation to be a spiritual mother for priests is largely unknown, scarcely understood and, consequently, rarely lived, not withstanding its fundamental and vital importance. It is a vocation that is frequently hidden, invisible to the naked eye, but meant to transmit spiritual life.”

ALL PRIESTS NEED A SPIRITUAL MOTHER
13. In light of the urgent need for renewal of the priesthood, once we know that spiritual mothers for priest are “meant to transmit spiritual life” to them, we realize why the Congregation for the Clergy has declared that we cannot do without them. We cannot do without a spiritual motherhood for our priestly life… It has always silently accompanied the chosen ranks of priests in the course of the Church’s history. It is the concrete entrustment of our ministry to a specific face, to a consecrated soul who has been called by Christ and therefore chooses to offer herself, with the necessary suffering and the inevitable struggles of life, to intercede for our priestly existence, thereby dwelling in Christ’s sweet presence.

Priests Need to Correspond to the Gift of Spiritual Motherhood
14. There are different levels in which spiritual motherhood may be lived. Most spiritual mothers are unknown to their sons; others simply inform their sons that they are praying for them. A few are blessed with a personal mother-son relationship. This requires that each has already begun to live the interior martyrdom, as explained in this Path. It is also necessary that the priest-son open his heart to spiritual motherhood. St. John writes: “And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:27). This implies that, at the foot of the Cross, both their hearts were pierced and were able to enter, free from attachments, into the Heart of Jesus. This Cross of Christ is the only possible locus for their intimate union of hearts.

15. Priests find it very difficult to open their hearts to a spiritual mother. They are afraid for three main reasons, some valid, some not. The first is the concern that spiritual motherhood may be a cover for an improper relationship. This could be true. We need good discernment and much prudence. The second is impurity. Until the heart is free from the bondage of lust, men are incapable of relating to women with purity, much less as a spiritual mother. The third is pride.

URGENCY OF SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD
16. The Church recognizes that it is more urgent than ever to raise an army of spiritual mothers for priests and seminarians. This work of true support, which has always been essential to the life of the Church, today seems more urgent that ever, especially in the secularized West, which awaits and stands in need of a new and radical proclamation of Christ. Mothers of priests and seminarians thus represent a true and veritable “army”, which from earth offers prayers and sacrifice to heaven, and from heaven intercedes in even greater number so that every grace and blessing may be poured out upon the lives of the Church’s sacred ministers.

WHO CAN BE A SPIRITUAL MOTHER FOR PRIESTS
17. Cardinal Hummes wrote: “regardless of age and marital status, all women can become spiritual mothers for a priest.” They may be married, religious, widowed, single, young or old. It is a gift from God, not a right. Cardinal Piacenza wrote to them: “The entireChurch looks with admiration and deep gratitude upon all mothers of priests.” Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa confirms this: “ The Lord today is calling the faithful in ever-growing numbers topray, to offer sacrifice, in order to have holy priests. A concern, a passion, for holy priests has spread as a sign of the times throughout today’s Church. The royal and universal priesthood of believers has found a new way of expressing itself: contributing to the sanctification of the ministerial priesthood. Such vocations are extending out more and more beyond the walls of the cloistered monasteries, where they have been hidden, and are reaching the faithful. This vocation is becoming widespread, a call that God addresses to many.”

18. Fr. Raniero, who is one of the most powerful and well known evangelists in the Church today, humbly recognizes that his ministry is possible thanks to the hidden force of those who pray and offer sacrifice for him: “I share with you my time, my study, and the understanding that I acquired from the treasure house of the Church, but others, who are unknown, have contributed the most precious thing: prayer and suffering. Therefore, I cannot boast about myself, and if I do I am a thief and a usurper.”

Spiritual Mothers for Priests are organized in different ways.
19. They may be associated through the auspices of a diocese; they may organize in groups or communities. 228 Some live integrated in their parish or movement but are not associated with others regarding their vocation as spiritual mothers.

A Life Given For Priests
20. While it is laudable to pray for priests, spiritual mother, in various ways, are called to also give their lives.
1- To unite their daily chores with Jesus and Mary, offering themselves in reparation, intercession and thanksgiving for the restoration of their families, priests and all. Cardinal Piacenza writes: “With all my heart I wish to encourage and offer special thanks to all mothers of priests and seminarians – and along with them to all consecrated and lay women who have received… the gift of spiritual motherhood towards those who are called to priestly ministry. By offering their lives, their prayers, their sufferings and their hardships as well as their joys for the fidelity and sanctification of God’s ministers, they have come to share in a special way in the motherhood of Holy Church, whose model and fulfillment is found in the divine maternity of Mary Most Holy.”

21. 2- To encourage their sons, like Mary did, to embrace the Cross. They do not spoil their sons. They do not try to make things easy for them. Mary went to Calvary with St. John and wants to take every priest to her Crucified Son. The mother of (2Maccabees 7) encouraged each of her sons to become a martyr: “Although she saw her seven sons perish within a single day, she bore it with good courage because of her hope in the Lord.”. St. Rita asked God for the death of her sons if that would prevent them from becoming murderers.

22. 3- To pray that priests may radiate Christ in everything. Spiritual mothers pray for those priests who seldom pray; for those who have fallen into sin and vices; for the deliverance of priests who are oppressed, depressed, in despair; for those who have lost their love for the Lord; for the perseverance of all. She also prays for those who have been hurt, alienated or scandalized by priests; for the sheep who do not have a good shepherd. Prayer includes adoration for those who do not adore. She pleads with Mary that priests may “worship in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:24) and therefore be pure priest-victims united to Christ.

23. They also do reparation to console the wounded heart of Jesus who grieves over the coldness, offenses and betrayals of his priests and waits for them to return to His merciful embrace. The prayer that the angel of Fatima taught the children can be used for intercession for priests: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.”

24. Here are a few exemplars. Pope Benedict wrote about St. Veronica Giuliani’s intercession as a spiritual mother: “She offered her prayers and sacrifices for the Pope, her bishop, priests and for all needy persons, including the souls in Purgatory. She summarized her contemplative mission in these words: ‘We cannot go preaching around the world to convert souls, but we are obliged to pray continually for all those souls who are offending God … particularly with our sufferings, that is with a principle of crucified life.’ Our saint conceived this mission as a ‘being in the middle’ between men and God, between sinners and Christ Crucified.”

25. Jesus told Venerable Conchita: “I want souls who are dedicated with fervor, with determination and without looking for rest, to plead day and night for My priests. Offer yourself as a victim for My priests. Unite yourself to My sacrifice to gain them graces… It is Christ, ever crucified in the members of His Mystical Body, who saves the world.”

26. Jesus told St. Faustina: “I place in your care two pearls very precious to My Heart: these are the souls of priests and religious. You will pray particularly for them; their power will come from your diminishment. You will join prayers, fasts, mortifications, labors and all sufferings to My prayer, fasting, mortifications, labors and sufferings and then they will have power before My Father. “

27. To confound the arrogance of men, Jesus told St. Catherine that He would raise up woman. Who would have thought that God’s way of renewing the priesthood would be through spiritual mothers! But for the priest to benefit from this grace they have to humbly receive the grace of spiritual motherhood and recognize when the Lord works through them. Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena: “I will raise up women ignorant and frail by nature but endowed with strength and divine wisdom. Then, if they (proud men) will come to their senses and humble themselves, I will behave with the utmost mercy towards them, that is to say, towards those who, according to the grace given them, receive my doctrine, offered them in fragile but specially chosen vessels, and follow it reverently… For indeed it is only just that those who try to exalt themselves should be humbled.”

THE MOTHERS OF THE CROSS
28. The Mothers of the Cross are spiritual mothers for priests who have embraced this Path to Union as their way of life. Their spiritual motherhood is not only offering up prayers. It is a vocation to give their lives for priests living, unperceived, in the ordinary lives of their domestic church. With their sufferings, sorrows they atone for priests. A Mother of the Cross, as one with Mary, receives her mission at the cross. Mary has a thorn in her Heart for each priest that is not holy. Mothers of the Cross allow their hearts to be pierced like Mary’s to become a fountain of living grace for them. Conchita wrote: “This will truly be a solace to My heart, giving Me holy priests. Tell Me you accept, that you will belong with Me to priests always, since your mission on behalf of them will continue in heaven. Yet here you have another Martyrdom. What priests will do against Me, you will feel, since it is in this that basically associating yourselves to My priesthood consists, in that you feel and you suffer because of their unfaithfulness and wretchedness. In this way you glorify the Trinity. We will have the same reasons for suffering. The power of an ordinary life as a mother, lived in love, in deep interior silence, in prayer, sacrifice, suffering, and tears is a hidden force that will raise God’s army of holy priests that will usher a new Pentecost”.

MY COMMENTS: SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD IN GENERAL
29. Whether or not you feel yourself called to be a spiritual mother to priests, whether mother or not, single, widowed, married—if we live as one with our Mother at the foot of the cross, like her, we stand in prayer and sorrow, in sacrifice and as victims of love for all our loved ones. Whether children or adults, our loved ones become our spiritual children. Consider the Pieta. I read in Love Crucified’s The Simple Path to Union: “Through this practice of living our sorrows in silence, we receive the crucified Body of our Lord in our arms as Mary did in the Pieta; when she received the crucified Body of her Son, she embraced the brokenness and woundedness of all humanity. [p. 39] Living in Mary, receiving our broken and wounded loved ones into our arms, we also receive the Body of Jesus. This is Spiritual Motherhood.

          “The Lord taught that this union of sorrows leads to a more perfect love in which we receive the brokenness of other souls and suffer for them through Jesus, with Him and in Him. In this way, we live the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our ordinary lives…My little one, this union of sorrows, must move your heart to love all, by suffering with silence, peace and abandonment for all your brothers and sisters” (The Path, p. 39.)

30. On August 4, 2014 I reflected: “To be a victim of love is to suffer through, with, and for others, our loved ones. This is our priestly function—to offer not only ourselves in union with Jesus, but our suffering territory lodged in our hearts. We enter into the love of Jesus for the Father by entering into the wounds and woundings of others. To enter their sufferings, to carry them in our hearts, is to enter the wounds of Jesus. This, too, is spiritual motherhood.

31. “The helplessness and pain we feel is the hidden life of martyrdom of the heart—the same martyrdom of the Sacred Heart and of the sorrowful heart of the Immaculata—His interior passion which He endured from the moment of his Incarnation, His grief for all mankind. In Matthew, 23,37 we see Jesus weeping over God’s holy city: ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! ‘ ”

32. The intense love of spiritual motherhood which we assume in our union with Mary comes from her perfect union with Jesus in the fullness of the Holy Spirit—the fiery heart of the Blessed Trinity. The hidden power that fuels our motherhood lies in our hidden, daily life, all the little things—as in St. Theresa, the “little way” of little things done with great love. This is the hidden force which exerts such power in the lives of many, priests and seminarians, our families, and others for whom we pray and sacrifice.

33. Talking with Maria, I discovered that the teachings on Spiritual Motherhood in Love Crucified have not yet been completely assimilated or explained in text. When I mentioned something about the Pieta being the “final image” of Spiritual Motherhood, she corrected me—no, it’s not. The Final image is the image of the Assumption—Mary assumed into heaven supported by the prayers and holy lives of her spiritual sons, the apostles (including St. John). We too will follow Mary in our own assumption into heaven. We’ll learn more about this aspect later.

THE ETERNAL MODE OF PRAYER
34. In New and Divine: the Holiness of the Third Christian Millennium, by Hugh Owen, we learn from Venerable Luis Martinez, Blessed Dina Belanger, St. Theresa, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Blessed Conchita, St. Maximillian Kolbe and others of a new and divine level of holiness available to us, a way to live and pray “in the eternal mode.

35. Let me cite some quotations here to make this idea more clear. Owen tells us, “In the lives and writings of the exemplars, Jesus shows his willingness to open his Heart completely to all who abandon themselves to the reign of the Father’s Will through the Holy Spirit….On several occasions, Our Lord told the exemplars of the ‘new holiness’ that He had given them, the ability to do God’s will as He did it, in time and in eternity–‘on earth as in Heaven.’” [pp. 28, 31]

36. Owen: “Jesus told Blessed Dina Belanger that by abandoning herself to the Father’s Will through the Holy Spirit, she would allow Him to operate freely in her and with her, in eternity. In the “eternal mode,” she [and others] would be able to do those acts perfectly that Jesus had prepared for her with the Father and the Spirit before the creation of the world. Thus, they would be present to all souls, past, present, and future in all of their acts. Their smallest actions, performed together for the glory of the Father and for the good of all creatures, would influence all souls for good.” [p.36-37]

37. “Jesus told Blessed Dina: ‘I am letting you see the whole multitude of consecrated souls to the end of time, so that you will understand how even one soul completely given over to me can radiate on all the other souls. You can see that, through it, my rays reach out into the distance, far into the distance, to the furthest end, meaning that I am doing good until the end of time….If all consecrated souls refused me nothing, if they allowed me to act freely in them all the time, all other souls would be saved. Yes, all other souls would be saved.’ [p. 37]

38. “Blessed Dina explained that when He spoke of all souls Jesus usually showed her ‘all created souls, without distinction between the past, the present and the future, just as the Heart of Jesus saw them, since everything is present to Him.’ Through Blessed Dina’s writings, Jesus invites all souls to allow Him to act in and through them, universally.” [p.38]

39. Jesus also told Blessed Dina, “In consecrated souls in whom my hands are bound by threads, in whom consequently my Heart is wounded, my rays reach only some souls living in the world at the same time. In consecrated souls who refuse me only small things, you can see that my rays reach many other souls in the world and extend further. In consecrated souls that have abandoned themselves totally to me, in whom I can act freely, see how my rays reach all souls, even to the end of time.” [p.49]

40. The varied blesseds refer to a person living this state of life and prayer as a “living host”:  “When a soul abandons herself to the Will of the Father through the Holy Spirit and shares in the eternally-present sufferings of Jesus, she becomes a ‘living host.’ Moreover, when she performs with Jesus the good acts He has prepared for her to walk in- in eternity, with the same universal intention that He had—that soul becomes a ‘living host,’ a ‘walking Eucharist.’ [another Christ].” [p. 38]

        Venerable Conchita and Venerable Luis Martinez described this state as ”mystical incarnation.” Blessed Dina referred to it as “divine substitution.” [Another definition: “United with Jesus in the Eucharist, the soul in the Divine Substitution becomes a ‘living host’ whose thoughts, words, and actions are offered to the Father together with those of Jesus, for the good of all souls, past, present, and future. As a ‘living host,’ the soul acts ‘in eternity’ so as to be able to enter into the actual sufferings of Jesus (rather than the pious remembrance or imitation of them), thus influencing souls at any point in time or space.” [p. 48]

41. Hugh Owen explains it this way, “Just as the Divine Will reigns in the consecrated Host—which nevertheless retains the accidental properties of bread–, in a similar way, the Divine Will reigns in the soul who has received the Gift of the Mystical Incarnation or Divine Substitution, although the soul preserves her own human faculties. In the Eucharistic Host, the Divine Will and the human will of Jesus coexist. Through the Gift of the Mystical Incarnation or Divine Substitution, the Divine Will cooperates with the human will in the soul of a human being, in the same kind of way that it did in the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “ [p. 46]

42. Hugh Owens comments that this level of union is probably “the fruitful stage” of the Mystical Marriage, where the bride-soul enters in the activity of the Bridegroom, Jesus, through a permanent union of wills.

43. The prayer of oblation to the Divine Will in the Holy Spirit of Venerable [Archbishop] Luis Martinez:
“’Oh Holy Father, oh Adorable Father,
through the immaculate hands of Mary, the Most Holy Virgin, my Mother,
under the impulse of the Holy Spirit,
and intimately united to Jesus, Your Son, Immortal Victim,
I give to You today the total gift, and the absolute oblation of myself,
abandoning all to Your sovereign Will,
in order that this Divine Will, without asking my opinion,
without taking me into account,
might do with me and with all that is mine, whatever it pleases…
My only support in making this oblation is Your strength,
upon which my nothingness rests….
I give You that which I can now give You:
my will, sincere and complete,
and I cast myself into Your sovereign Will.’

44.       ” I experienced something most profound, most strange, as if for my soul there began a new stage; as if in those moments I was given to the Holy Spirit, that He might ravish my soul and give it to Jesus. I understood that by this union, the Holy Spirit, as an impetuous wind, was to carry away my soul, stripping it of everything and plunging it into the bosom of God.” [p.28]

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD AND PRAYER IN THE “ETERNAL MODE”?

45. Our spiritual lives have much deeper and more extensive power and influence than we ever dreamed. If we enter more deeply into our Spiritual Motherhood, we become a part of the HIDDEN FORCE which will raise up a new generation of sanctified priests and usher in a new Pentecost and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in these latter times.

46. Through the writings of Blessed Dina, we know that if we abandon ourselves fully in the Holy Spirit to the Divine Will, we can actually transcend time and space, living, sacrificing, and praying in the eternal mode in which we can touch and radiate all souls, past, present, and future. Because Jesus lives in the Eternal Now, united to His Sacred Heart, we live and work in Him in the Eternal Now. Jesus told Venerable Conchita: “Know that in God there is no succession of acts. He operates eternally in one only act of His Will which covers all times and eternity, and all creations, all things in one only instant, the eternal instant of Unity in which is reflected and exists always present, past, and future….You must live in this essential Unity, in this Unique God, bringing together your spiritual life in one only Love: Him; in one only Will: His. In this capital point of unity of wills consists the perfection of this Unity.“ [p. 32]

47. The least thread of attachment lessens the effectiveness of our prayers and sacrifices.

48. Living our daily, ordinary lives with complete love and abandonment to God’s Will can make us holy beyond our wildest hopes. We can save thousands of souls for Christ without leaving our homes and families.

49. Finally, as Hugh Owens explains, “In the lives and writings of the exemplars, Jesus invites us to renounce the independent use of our human will and to ask the Holy Spirit to consecrate us into living hosts. Then the Holy Spirit will inspire us to do those acts of perfect love that Jesus has prepared for us in the secret recesses of his Heart. And if we allow Him a free reign, He may bring us to the point where we will always be doing the perfects acts of love that Jesus has prepared for us. Thus, we may become a ‘real presence’ of Jesus in the world, a ‘living Eucharist.’” [p.166]

SACERDOTE DEL FUTURO [Music and lyrics: Maria V Hickein.
Maria sings this song at the end of her vimeo,
“Spiritual Motherhood”]
PRIEST OF THE FUTURE

Priest of the future, you live in my heart
My heartbeats give you life, you are nourished with
my love… You are nourished with my love.
Priest of tomorrow, I carry your future in me,
Conceived with the blood I have shed for you… I have
shed for you.

Our love begun at three o’clock on Holy Friday
That’s where His Sacred Heart chose to conceive us…
A new Adam and new Eve renewed at the Cross
New salt and new life in Mary and Jesus…

Priest vested with purity and humility
That’s how are those who are chosen by our Heavenly
Mother… By our Heavenly Mother.
Priest of the future, you live in my heart
My heartbeats give you life, you are nourished with
my love… You are nourished with my love.

Together we are living hosts for a world without light
Hidden force and new life
Embracing the Cross
New lineage of soldiers with their mothers of the cross
Love has overflowed, from that love you were born…
From that love you were born.

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