Mary and the priesthood

May 18, 2019

However, there is only one way to give the maximum glory to God, it is through the very sacrifice of Our Lord on the Cross, renewed every day on the altar. Here only through Christ, with Christ and in Christ is given to the Most Holy Trinity all honour and glory. Likewise, there is only one possibility of redeeming souls and giving them back the life of God, it is through the Blood of Our Lord which flows into souls through the channels of the sacraments, to deliver them from the prison of original sin, to cleanse them from all filth, to purify them and heal them of their spiritual leprosy, to fill them with light and all the divine treasures.

According to the will of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone is able to accomplish on earth the work of redemption, to continue to give God all glory and to shed the Blood of Christ into souls? The priest. Consequently, what most preoccupies the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin, so eager for the salvation of her poor lost children, is the priesthood. Our Queen's deepest desire is to give to her Son continuers of His work of salvation, so that through these instruments, intimately united with her Son through the priestly character, the flame of His Sacred Heart may burn everywhere on earth: the Way, the Truth and the Life.

How great, then, must be the desire of the Blessed Virgin that everywhere these dispensers of divine graces, Christ’s instruments "par excellence", may multiply. For it is through them above all that she can fulfill her mission to give Jesus to the world, to sanctify souls and to transform them into other Christs. Without them, those souls for whom she prayed so much and suffered so much and sacrificed her Son, those souls, her beloved children, would risk being eternally separated from their Mother, eternally damned.

This is why she wants to perform her office of Mediatrix of all graces, especially among generous souls, in whom she raises up the vocation, calls them to a higher life with graces of light and strength to overcome hesitations and obstacles, also numberless graces of direct preparation to the priesthood, until the blessed moment when she can present the ordinand to her Son who, through the hands of the Bishop, really makes him another Himself. Truly, "If the Virgin, Mother of God, loves all souls with an ardent love, she has a predilection for priests who are the living image of Jesus Christ" (Pius XI).