In 2007, we're told by a new book, Our Lord and the Blessed Mother
began to speak to the heart of a Benedictine monk -- a priest -- who
at the time was greatly in need of their intervention.
The priest, in an Irish monastery, was "prompted" to write
down what he heard -- words of knowledge and insight and encouragement
meant not only for him but, it seems, for us all.
who received much of it during Adoration -- and whose revelations
pertain in large part precisely to Adoration -- suffered his share
of doubts over the authenticity of what he was "hearing." Not to worry
for long: his spiritual director, closely following the events,
identified what was occurring as gratia gratis data (real
Grace), and his book,
Jesu: The Journal of a Priest At Prayer, includes an imprimatur
from a bishop, Michael Smith, in Meath Mullingar, Ireland along with a
"Here is the text as I have transcribed it over the years from the
notebooks that I started to keep in 2007," writes the Benedictine
who has chosen to remain anonymous. "The vocabulary and the style are
mine, but the substance of what I wrote came during prayer, without any
effort or reflection on my part.
"There would be
an inner movement
to write, and I would write until the inspiration stopped.
"After writing, there would be a grace of quiet union with Our Lord or
with Our Lady. On a few occasions, there were 'words' from saints or
from holy people."
These are called allocutions, of course --
interior (mental), as opposed to auricular (through the ear) -- and they
certainly ring of authenticity, in two important regards:
The way they arrived,
without the expenditure of his own thought and energy, is what Saint
Teresa of Avila said was a hallmark of real communication (as opposed
to those who have to reach for words). Also, in the effects: these
locutions draw you powerfully
into deeper appreciation and devotion of the Blessed Sacrament -- bring
Adoration more alive than we have ever seen in a book. "It was precisely
in His Eucharistic Presence that
these conversations with Our Lord unfolded," he emphasizes, "drawing me
more and more into the light of His Face and the fire of His Heart."
They do the same to the reader.
A great book
to take, in fact, to Adoration -- as one reads Christ explaining how to best benefit from the devotion: what hidden treasures are there.
As the book says, "there is more time
in a day than what is measured by hours and minutes. I am the Lord of
all time, and time given in tribute to Me is of greater worth than time
invested in the most wearying labors. I do not ask that you stop doing
the tasks that are before you, but only that you put Me before all
else, giving the best of your time and the greater portion to Me
It has the hallmarks
of legitimate locution and is a book
especially crucial for priests -- aimed at them in a special way; every
cleric should have one, especially in rectories that suffer sterility
-- but inspiring to anyone meditating on the words, for one feels the
Lord speaking. One touches Grace.
That there is a crisis with aridity, devotions,
and lack of the mystical in the Church is beyond serious question. But
says the revelation:
"I am about to renew
the priesthood of My Church in holiness,"
Jesus presumably infused
into the monk's mind on Maundy Thursday night, March 20, 2008.
"I am very close to cleansing My priests
of the impurities that defile them. Soon, very soon, I will pour out
graces of spiritual healing upon all My priests. I will separate those
who will accept the gift of My Divine friendship from those who will
harden their hearts against Me. To the first I will give radiant
holiness like that of John and of My apostles in the beginning. From
the others I will take away even what they think they have. It must be
so. I want the priests of My Church clean in heart and faithful in
responding to to the immense love with which I have loved each one
of them and chosen each one for Myself and for the realization of the
designs of My Heart."
Fascinating words, there. At one point, in 2010, the Lord, in language
reminiscent of Italian locutionist Stefano Gobbi, is quoted as stating
that "the attack on My priesthood that appears to be spreading and
growing is in fact in its final stages. It is a satanic and diabolical
onslaught against My Bride the Church, an attempt to destroy her by
attacking the most wounded of her ministers in their carnal weaknesses;
but I will undo the destruction they have wrought and I will cause My
priests and My Spouse the Church to recover a glorious holiness."
A new era is
it's claimed, of saint, martyrs, and prophets.
The renewal of His priests, according to these
revelations, "will begin from the fire of love that blazes in the
Sacrament of My Body and Blood."
What a meditation for Lent.
"A chastened priesthood
will shine with chastity in the face of a world darkened by every
fleshly vice and sinful excess," said a revelation on June 18, 2009. "A
meek and humble priesthood will astonish a world obsessed with power,
and influence and exploitation of the poor. An obedient priesthood will
stand in contradiction to a world that, following its master, says, 'I
will not serve.'"
On January 27, 2012:
"Who among My priests will survive the
tribulation that is coming. Only those who will have listened to My
plea for priest adorers, for priest reparators, for priests who will
allow Me to befriend them, and who will give Me their time, their
minds, and their hearts in the essential work of Adoration.
"I call this work essential
because the right order of things has been subverted and because a
great disorder and confusion has overtaken the hearts and minds of My
"Adoration will be for them and for you the
restoration of the only right order: the order of Divine love poured
into the hearts of men by the Holy Spirit Who is Love."