Beneath His Cross

We are a Lay Apostolate of men and women who love our priests through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Mother. We stand with Our Lady beneath the Cross of Jesus in prayer, sacrifice and reparation for our priests.

"We shall have only as holy priests as we Catholics ourselves live holy lives."

  Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon, S.J.  

“In him[Christ] all the faithful are made a holy and royal priesthood; they offer spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ, and they proclaim the perfections of him who has called them out of darkness into his marvelous light” (Presbyterorum Ordinis No. 2).

"...As the Holy Father makes so plain, ordinary Catholics will not even survive, not to say thrive, in our day. Only heroic Catholics will preserve the Catholic Church. Only holy Catholics will be the seedbed of vocations to the priesthood. Hear it, and I am quoting our Holy Father verbally, this is the age of martyrs. We have confidence that God is providing and will provide such graces as the world had never before received, but we must cooperate with these graces. You mothers and fathers, you are the ones from whom vocations to the priesthood must come. But, there is more still. In the name of God, I beg you, with all my being, to pray. Pray every day to our Lord. Pray for priests. Pray that priests may be priests not only in name, but in reality..."

Excerpt taken from, “Fifty Years in the Priesthood” by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

I will never forget...

I will never forget what two different priests told me years ago.  

"We priests need your holiness and obedience to God." 

and 

"We priests need your prayers and sacrifices."  

"...Finally, the more we can use the Sacrament of Confession, the more God will bless the priest through you. What priests need, I have taught so many priests, I know them, what priests need is to hear confessions of people who have only venial sins to confess, because, as a priest I can assure you, a priest’s ministry depends on the people to whom he ministers, only in heaven will you know how you have helped priests to live a holy, obedient, humble and chaste life, by your own lives of humility, obedience, and chastity. I trust you will understand the reason why I am saying what I am saying. Women religious who are faithful to their vowed lives are, I hesitate using the word, indispensable for the sanctification of priests. I repeat you have a great deal, much more than you will ever know until you reach heaven, how much the Church needs sisters who are living a faithful, obedient, patient and chaste life. How many priests you have helped over the years, including this priest who is speaking to you..."

 

Excerpt taken from, “Respect for the Priesthood” by Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon S.J.

"...We should pray for priests and bishops because this has been the practice of the Church since apostolic times. It’s a matter of revealed truth.

It is a divine mandate..."

Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon, S.J.