THIS HOLY CHRISTMAS SEASON
A blessed Christmas to each one!
Knowing that the Holy Father is hidden in his exile, and along with him, the exile of Holy Mother Church, let us consider the greatness of the gift of true Priests. Here is a beautiful ecstasy which Marie-Julie Jahenny had about the Priesthood:
ABOVE THE ANGELS
Immediately, at the Cenacle, the Lord makes me look at an Angel and one of His Priests, a mortal man of the earth. The Angel is placed at His right, and the Priest is beside His Sacred Heart, which resembles a burning furnace.
The Lord tells me:
“Here is the Angel of Heaven, who is not mortal, and here My Apostle of the earth, a mortal man dressed in sacred dignities.”
The Angel was kneeling at the feet of the Divine Master, but the Priest stayed standing before Our Lord, who put His right hand on the chest of the Priest.
“This heart,” He says, “will live eternally. Without a doubt, like all other human hearts, it will rest in the sleep of repose, but the link which has united him to the Church, will not be broken in the manner of this base world. The heart of the Priest is the living altar upon which I spread the gifts of holiness. Corruption must not penetrate there.”
The Angel keeps himself always on his knees, and the priest [remains] standing, when Our Lord, by His Infinite Power, opens the chest of the latter.He makes me see a sort of small chain which exits from the heart of the Priest to go lose itself in His. He tells me:
“My daughter, Holy Church came into being from the depth of My Sacred Chest.My Heart was Her fertile and loving source.”
Our Lord again tells me:
“You see all of the movements of graces which arise out of My Chest.All these flames which rise the highest are the many sacred unions which I contract with My Apostles on earth. I dressthem with everything I possess. I give them all, and they come to resemble Me Myself. My actions, My powers, My dignities, in a word, all of which My Father has given Me, I give to My Apostles on earth. It is no longer the man which lives in this mortal flesh,it is Me, the Son of God, the Immolated Sovereign Priest. It is I who live in my ministerson earth. The priest is no longer a man living on the earth; he is Me, the Sovereign Eternal Priest on earth, with whom I have dressed myself.”
After these words, other Angels come and join he who was kneeling. The vision of the priest, dressed in a brilliant dignity, make tears fall from the eyes of the angelic troup, but silence reigns among all of them.
Our Lord adds:
“I want that the greatest respect be rendered to my Apostles. Otherwise, it is I who will be offended by they who lack in respect. Woe to he who despises them!For him, there will be great difficulty to obtain pardon from this sin of misunderstanding.” (undated)
[Source: pp. 158-9, Le ciel en colloque avec Marie-Julie Jahenny, by Fr. Pierre Roberdel, in translation].
“It was all the more fitting,” says Saint Gregory, “that the Lord should have been born at Bethlehem, since Bethlehem means ‘house of bread’; for it was He who said, ‘I am the living bread which came down from Heaven.’ ”
Pope Saint Gregory VII was Giuseppe Siri’s favourite pope. Interestingly, this pope died in exile, saying: “I have loved justice and hated iniquity; therefore, I die in exile.”
Did Cardinal Siri have an interior warning that his papacy would be in exile also? Is this why, when he accepted his election on October 26, 1958, he chose his papal name as Gregory XVII?
This Christmas, we honour the great gift that Christ our Lord brought to our world: His Priests.
We send a special Christmas greeting to His Holiness in exile, who is Christ’s own High Priest, from whom Bishops and Priests get their authority.
Your Holiness, we look forward to the end of this painful exile, and the replenishing of the earth with true Priests.
In communion with Your Holiness, we unite our prayers to God the Father that He hear our pleas and petitions, through Christ His Son’s Vicar, for the freedom and exultation of Holy Mother Church and for the removal of the Church of Darkness from Rome.
Parce, Domine! Parce, populo Tuo!
"We declare, say, define and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff ." - Decree of Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302, ex cathedra.