The busyness of marriage, motherhood and work eclipsed my relationship with God for a few years. Then, in 1991 my reversion occurred at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, France where I encountered Christ in the Eucharist. I experienced the undeserved grace of conversion of heart. Thereafter, I became a daily communicant embarking on the adventure of an intentional spiritual life. Mary led me to Jesus in the Eucharist by way of the praying the Rosary.
After additional adult faith formation, since 1992 I've had the joy of serving the Church in various forms of evangelization. I've had the privilege of speaking and praying with Catholics around the world: clergy, nuns, seminarians, and laity. When leading retreats or parish missions, giving conferences, writing a book, or working in Catholic TV & radio, my heart is set on the Eucharist. It is His Eucharistic love that I see radiating in the faces of His children.
It was through the Eucharist that I was able to forgive the murderer of a family member and press forward through difficult challenges. Archbishop Fulton Sheen eloquently wrote, “The greatest love story of all time is contained in a tiny white Host.” We are invited into the epic drama of the greatest love story of all time.
For love of the Eternal High Priest in the Eucharist, I was led to pray daily for the holiness of priests. Joyfully, I discovered the mission of spiritual motherhood and fatherhood of clergy through the Congregation for the Clergy's initiative, "Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity". Encouraged by the Prefect of the Congregation, together with a priest, I started the global mission of "The Foundation of Prayer for Priests" in order to further the New Evangelization. It was St. John Paul II's 1992 "Apostolic Exhortation" titled "Pastores Dabo Vobis" ("I Shall Give You Shepherds") that inspired the connection between the spiritual adoption of priests and the New Evangelization. In simplest terms: when I pray for holiness of priests, I'm investing in the holiness of my family and future families that comprise the Church. Learn more @ www.foundationforpriests.org.
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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." Please visit www.foundationforpriests.org website for a library of resources on the priesthood, vocations, spiritual motherhood, spiritual warfare, prayer.
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".
"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.)
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). Pope Benedict XVI: "Without the Eucharist, the Church simply does not exist."
Kathleen Beckman is Co-founder and President of Foundation of Prayer for Priests, an international apostolate of prayer and catechesis for the holiness of priests through spiritual motherhood and fatherhood.
She has served the Church for twenty-five years as a Catholic evangelist, Ignition certified retreat director, radio host and author. A dynamic speaker, she's addressed clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity. Often featured on Catholic TV and radio outlets such as EWTN, and the Catholic Channel, she hosts the Radio Maria weekly program titled, "Eucharist, Mercy & Saints". She writes for www.CatholicExchange.Com. Since 2000, she has served in the Church's ministry of healing, deliverance and exorcism, assisting priests internationally.
Sophia Institute Press has published Kathleen’s last three books: "Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization", "God's Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace & Joy", and "When Women Pray: Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer".
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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.