In the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Forever I will proclaim the goodness of the Lord because I am the unworthy recipient of God’s healing mercy—through the Eucharist. Through seasons of light and darkness I was upheld by three healing realities: The Church’s liturgy, Eucharistic adoration and Marian intercession. Not only did I receive healing, but God worked all the darkness for good.
What will Christ do for you? Meet Him in the Eucharist. Love waits for you. Be amazed! God is surprising! St. John Paul II wrote, "I would like to rekindle Eucharistic amazement. To contemplate the face of Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the program which I have set before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium summoning her to put out into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the New Evangelization (Ecclesia de Eucharistia)."
The Eucharist is the greatest gift of Divine Mercy. It is the priest who makes Jesus present in the Eucharist. Praying for priests is a spiritual act of mercy for the men who feed us the Body of Christ. Archbishop Fulton Sheen eloquently wrote, “The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host.”
Fr. John Hardon: "Having taught priests over 30 years, having lived with priests, and having labored for them, loving them and suffering with them; no words I can use would be too strong to state that the Catholic priesthood needs prayer and sacrifice as never before since Calvary. One saint after another has declared that the devil's principal target on earth is the Catholic priests. We ask, why pray for priests? We should pray for for priests and bishops because this has been the practice of the Church since apostolic times. It's a matter of revealed truth. It is divine mandate."
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Kathleen Beckman welcomes her bishop, Most Reverend Kevin Vann, on his installation as the Bishop of Orange Diocese, CA., Dec. 10, 2012. She is holding the robe of Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in which she was invested in 2001. The very name of the Papal Order points to the central focus of their spirituality: the Sepulchre of the Lord in Jerusalem, the place where the glory of the resurrection is specially celebrated. Knights and Ladies of the Order "must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the Lord Jesus Christ, and as a sign that God lives".
Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the "nothingness of the creature" who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise Him and humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that He has done great things and holy is his name (cf. Luke 1:46-49). The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world. (ccc 2097).
"Eucharistic contemplation also has an extraordinary power of healing. In the desert God ordered Moses to raise a bronze serpent on a pole. All those who were bitten by poisonous snakes and then looked at the bronze serpent were healed (cf. Nm. 21:4-9). ...What we should do, then, when afflicted by the venomous bites of pride, sensuality, and all the other illnesses of the soul…is to run before the Blessed Sacrament, to look at the host and let healing pass through the same organ through which evil so often passes--our eyes. (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, This is My Body.)
Mrs. Kathleen Beckman, Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, has served the Church for the past twenty-five years as an international evangelist, an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat leader, radio host and author. Called to the vocation of marriage and motherhood, Christ brought forth another vocation: spiritual motherhood.
In 2014 Sophia Institute Press published Kathleen’s book, Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization, a treatise on prayer. In 2013, with the encouragement of the Congregation for the Clergy, she co-founded the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, (www.foundationforpriests.org) an apostolate instituted to magnify the Congregation's initiative: Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Motherhood.
In 2015, Sophia Institute Press commissioned Kathleen to write their Year of Mercy book, God's Healing Mercy to be published at the start of the Jubilee Year. Learn more in the "About Us" section.
The words of Elizabeth to Mary are pearls of wisdom, "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled" (Luke 1: 45). Mary is the model of faith for all women. Not all woman will become biological mothers but all women are called to become spiritual mothers who give life to souls. Woman are God's chosen life-bearers.
St. Edith Stein teaches, "for an understanding of our unique feminine nature, let us look to the pure love and spiritual maternity of Mary. This spiritual maternity is the core of the woman's soul. Wherever a woman functions authentically in this spirit of maternal pure love, Mary collaborates with her. This holds true whether the woman is married or single, professional or domestic or both, a religious in the world or in the convent. Through this love, a woman is God's special weapon in his fight against evil..." (St. Edith Stein, essays on woman).
Pope Francis: "Do we really believe that Jesus can heal us and bring us back from the dead?". Healing in a word is resurrection; new life; an interior conversion wherein we are a new creation. We long and desperately need to encounter the living, joyful, truthful, loving face of the Father of Mercy, healer and lover of humanity.
Forgiveness is key to healing. Saint Phillip Neri teaches, "If a man finds it very hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a Crucifix, and think that Christ shed all His Blood for him, and not only forgave His enemies, but even prayed His Heavenly Father to forgive them also. Let him remember that when he says the 'Our Father', every day, instead of asking pardon for his sins, he is calling down vengeance on himself." Let us become vessels of Divine Mercy. Jesus, The Divine Mercy is hope, healing and happiness in the truest sense of blessedness.