Pope consecrates priests to Immaculate Heart

July 14, 2010

Found at http://www.overheardinthesacristy.net/?p=8849 :



Church of the Most Holy Trinity – Fátima
Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Immaculate Mother,
in this place of grace,
called together by the love of your Son Jesus
the Eternal High Priest, we,
sons in the Son and his priests,
consecrate ourselves to your maternal Heart,
in order to carry out faithfully the Father’s Will.

We are mindful that, without Jesus,
we can do nothing good (cf. Jn 15:5)
and that only through him, with him and in him,
will we be instruments of salvation
for the world.

Bride of the Holy Spirit,
obtain for us the inestimable gift
of transformation in Christ.
Through the same power of the Spirit that
overshadowed you,
making you the Mother of the Saviour,
help us to bring Christ your Son
to birth in ourselves too.
May the Church
be thus renewed by priests who are holy,
priests transfigured by the grace of him
who makes all things new.

Mother of Mercy,
it was your Son Jesus who called us
to become like him:
light of the world and salt of the earth
(cf. Mt 5:13-14).

Help us,
through your powerful intercession,
never to fall short of this sublime vocation,
nor to give way to our selfishness,
to the allurements of the world
and to the wiles of the Evil One.

Preserve us with your purity,
guard us with your humility
and enfold us with your maternal love
that is reflected in so many souls
consecrated to you,
who have become for us
true spiritual mothers.

Mother of the Church,
we priests want to be pastors
who do not feed themselves
but rather give themselves to God for their brethren,
finding their happiness in this.
Not only with words, but with our lives,
we want to repeat humbly,
day after day,
Our “here I am”.

Guided by you,
we want to be Apostles
of Divine Mercy,
glad to celebrate every day
the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar
and to offer to those who request it
the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Advocate and Mediatrix of grace,
you who are fully immersed
in the one universal mediation of Christ,
invoke upon us, from God,
a heart completely renewed
that loves God with all its strength
and serves mankind as you did.

Repeat to the Lord
your efficacious word:
“They have no wine” (Jn 2:3),
so that the Father and the Son will send upon us
a new outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.
Full of wonder and gratitude
at your continuing presence in our midst,
in the name of all priests
I too want to cry out:
“Why is this granted me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk 1:43).

Our Mother for all time,
do not tire of “visiting us”,
consoling us, sustaining us.
Come to our aid
and deliver us from every danger
that threatens us.
With this act of entrustment and consecration,
we wish to welcome you
more deeply, more radically,
for ever and totally
into our human and priestly lives.

Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth
in the desert of our loneliness,
let it cause the sun to shine on our darkness,
let it restore calm after the tempest,
so that all mankind shall see the salvation
of the Lord,
who has the name and the face of Jesus,
who is reflected in our hearts,
for ever united to yours!



‘Priests must be saints”: Benedict XVI

July 3, 2010

Benedict XVI on the need for holy priests:


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith welcomes Rome Experience men

June 30, 2010

Kevin Hurley submitted this photo,  taken by Father Eric Nielsen on June 19, 2010, after the Rome Experience seminarians and faculty met with Fr. Steven Lopes at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  The Prefect of the CDF is Archbishop William Levada, appointed in 2005 to succeeed Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger — now the Holy Father — who held the position until he was elected pope.  As Prefect of the CDF, Levada acts as the principal defender of teachings of the Church.

Father Lopes, the archbishop’s secretary, is holding a white paper in the front row.

Rome Experience seminarians visit Fr. Steven Lopes at CDF

Rome Experience seminarians attend Wednesday audience: see video!

June 24, 2010

June 23, 2010. For the third week in a row, Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience to St. Thomas Aquinas.  The Pope cited Thomas’ work as a source of profound theological truths.  For video of the audience — attended by Rome Experience seminarians — click here:


Or was it 15,000? Let’s just say the place was packed!

June 23, 2010

From Brendan Johnson’s journal:

June 11, 2010
Today we had the Mass for the end of the Year of the Priest and it was an amazing sight!  There were about 15,000 priests concelebrating with the pope,  and thousands of other people besides – when the priests walked out after vesting, it took about an hour and a half for them to completely get out and fill up all of the seats and they arrived in very steady streams down the paths in St. Peter’s Square.

Again, the homily was in Italian, so we couldn’t understand everything that was said, but there were some good responses from those who could, so I’m excited about reading the homily when I get a chance. The only thing that was a little disappointing about the Mass was the number of people who randomly walked in and out of the section we were in. I think that more than a few of them thought that it was just a tourist attraction to watch the Catholics perform their rituals. I’m glad that they were able to stumble in and at least in a small way participate in the Mass – but it was surely heartbreaking to watch them in their ignorance.

After the Mass the pope drove right by where we were standing again and we were able to see him up close again, which was pretty neat. After the Mass we went for lunch at Santa Croce and then I went for an afternoon siesta (sometimes the Italians have great ideas!). After dinner we had a bit of a party for Fr. Heisler who was, unfortunately, leaving us to go back to the States to attend a conference for seminarian formators. It was a good time though – and a lot of good conversation.

10,000 priests and the Pope celebrate their vocation

June 22, 2010

Submitted by seminarian Jason Keas:  

What a great sight to see — Pope Benedict blessing over 10, 000 priests in St. Peters Square in an open car after the  Mass closing the Year for Priests! 

Priests from all over the world fill St. Peter's Square as the Holy Father blesses them

 It was a great privilege to be part of this historic year for priests. The seminarians were seated to the left of all the priests.  We got to the section first and had excellent seats.  How powerful it was seeing priests file to their seats — which took hours —  before the Mass began. They came from all parts of the world, speaking many different languages, and their coming together to celebrate  with the Pope was a witness of the unity and family of the Catholic Church.  We didn’t get a translation of his homily until a few days later,  so when we did,  it was good to reflect again about the event of which we were a part.

A close look at the Holy Father

June 21, 2010

From Brendan Johnson’s journal:  June 10, 2010

Today was the vigil for the end of the Year of the Priest, so we went over to St. Peter’s at about 5 pm to try to get in as close as we could to see the Pope. We were able to get in the very front of the seminarian section and to see pretty well the stand where the presentations were and, eventually, where the pope was to be. He didn’t come in until about 9:30 but there were talks starting at about 8:30 pm.

The talks, I’m sure, were very good, but only a few of them were in English so I didn’t catch much of what was said.   At 9:30 pm when the pope came in, he drove right by where we were standing, so I was about ten feet away from him as he drove around before approaching the altar.  There, he answered questions from priests from all over the world. He answered in Italian, so again, I didn’t understand anything, but it was still really neat to have him answering these questions — and without his notes, too. 

 After the Q & A,  the Blessed Sacrament was brought in, and the pope presided over Adoration and Benediction, which was incredible! Everyone went down on their knees in St. Peter’s Square and went completely silent to receive Benediction.   After Benediction ended, we got back to Fraterna Domus (late), but the sisters let us in so that we could go to bed for a few hours to get back up for the Mass the next morning.

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