Address of Mother Adela, sctjm to the Priests of the Archdiocese of Miami

You are the most precious treasure of Our Lady’s Maternal Heart
Concluding words after Solemn Vespers at the Grotto of Our Lady in St. Michael's Parish
March 3rd, 2010

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Dear Archbishop, Bishops, Monsignors and Priests:

 It is a great JOY for me to participate in this celebration of your priesthood in the year dedicated to the priests by our Holy Father Benedict XVI.   This event, of prayer and fraternity, has as a theme: “The Heart of the Priest, the Heart of Christ”.  What a gift and what a mystery!. A gift and a task!

Your priestly hearts are a living enfleshment of the Heart of Christ, a continuation in history of the love of the Heart of the Redeemer who loved us, as the Gospel of St. John tells us, to the end.

The Priestly Heart of Christ, grew in grace, wisdom and stature before God and men, in the Home and the School of Our Lady’s Maternal Heart, in Her Maternal Love. The Heart of Mary is the Home and the School of the Priestly Heart. It is in Mary’s heart, where priests can learn with her and through her, to contemplate the mysteries of the Heart of Jesus, gazed “through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord and in this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed” (RVM, 12).

The “School of Mary” is all the more effective, said John Paul II (cf. RVM, 14), because she not only teaches and leads the priestly heart through the mysteries of Jesus’ life, but also because she will indicate which areas need to be formed, elevated, healed, restored and matured to be more closely identified with the Heart of her Son. 

She is your Mother, Her Heart is your home where she holds you and keeps you as her most precious treasure, the first fruit of the Pierced heart of Her Son.  You Dear Priests, are her most precious inherence: you are the testament of Her Son’s Heart to her Maternal Heart: Women, behold your son”…   And, She is the gift of Jesus’ Heart to your priestly hearts:  “son, behold your mother”.

 It is my deepest prayer, dear priests of the Archdiocese of Miami, that you may know how much Our Lady loves you, and how much she desires to be brought into the homes of your hearts.  How much She desires to care, form, communicate all her maternal love and protection to you, living images of Her Son. 

In the name of all the sisters, SCTJM and myself, I would like to tell you that in the simplicity of our marian hearts, we desire to spiritually build for you, with our prayers, sacrifices, feminine genius, service and talents, a home, a marian home for the priestly hearts.  Please, know of our deepest gratitude to the Father for having called you to be other Christ’s and to give us, Christ… and also, we desire to express to each one you our gratitude for your response of love, for your fiat, for choosing to love Christ and His Church, to love us, to the end.

May you become in the Heart of the Mother, in the Heart of the Church… the fullness of who you are.  Priests of the Archdiocese of Miami, do not be afraid to be who you are! The priesthood is your gift and it is also, your task!


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