With all the scandal regarding the Church today; we need to focus on the need for Reparation and the love God has for these souls -- both sinner and victim. Making the news does not mean that this is new -- These sins have been festering in the Church for A LONG TIME! They are finally surfacing and we pray that they will stop! When all of this first started to surface a few years back, I had to ask Mary for the grace to love these priests with Her Heart because it was not in mine. I could not find it in me to pray for them! But the reality is that love for these sinners, especially the clergy, and their salvation has always been in the Heart of Mary. This is a great great love in the Heart of Mary. Jesus came for sinners, therefore Mary loves them. Jesus is Saviour of sinners. Jesus shed His blood and died for each single sinner who would ever live upon this earth. Mary suffered and sorrowed for each one, she yearned after all, as Christ died for all. May we too love sinners (not the sin) since it is fulfilling our love of neighbor. Let us remember that it is by love that we will do this, by practical working love, by the kind word, by the good advice, by the good example, by patience, by compassion, by sacrifice, by the sacraments, by the many ways with which we can bring the Precious Blood to be applied to souls. Like Mary, we need to meditate upon the love that Jesus has for souls and especially those of His priests. He does not want souls in the meshes of Satan's net; including our own! To think of the loss of a priest to Hell is unthinkable. To be in Hell with the indelible mark of the priesthood has to be the worst. Like Our Mother Mary, let us have compassion and pray for these men.
Souls are precious to Jesus, therefore they are precious to Mary. If a soul has sinned, it is Jesus who is injured by that sin. We should meditate on the hunger Jesus has for each and every soul as Mary has and we will find strength. In order to imitate Our Lady's love for our neighbor, we must, like Her, surrender ourselves irrevocably to Christ; we must never shrink from suffering. The cross is the measure of God's love for us and the sum total of our love for God. Only when we have understood Mary's martyrdom will we comprehend the greatness of Christ's love for His Mother and the intensity of Her love for Her Son.
She prays for sinners. She sacrifices for sinners. She suffers for sinners. This is God's will for Her and it is God's will for us. This is the sharing of Christ's cross which we are all called to do. Mary's progress in virtue, her humility, her detachment from earth's unsatisfactory gifts, her willingness to suffer, her interior joy in bearing the cross --- this is Her imitation of Jesus Christ through the resignation to His will. Praying for someone that has caused horrific sin is a cross! It is very difficult! We can not do it on our own - we must pray for a spark of love from the Heart of Mary to find this love and strength to do this for God's Glory and their salvation!
Our sanctity must be built on the same foundation as Mary. The one, single, priority of our lives should be, even at the price of martyrdom, conformity to God's will. We advance in vice rather than virtue when we do our own will. May we, like Mary, choose to do the Will of God and suffer and pray for sinners - beginning with ourselves. May we make strong resolutions to try to be free from sin before we can offer ourselves to God in prayer and reparation for others. Do not be discouraged though. Do not let Satan keep you from this most sublime calling. If we spend our days praying and offering reparation; God will apply it to ourselves as well. It is in giving that we receive! Let us live in imitation of Mary and be obedient to Her requests at Fatima to pray and make sacrifices for sinners. Let God do the rest. Do not stop or halt this work because of your own sins. Keep focused on the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and pray, pray, pray so that souls will not be lost for all eternity!
For the Greater Glory of God and for the Salvation of Souls - Let us imitate Mary!
Holy Mother Mary - please pray for us and help us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!