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.  

 

Reparation

Be for Me another John, a friend for My Heart, a consoler in My loneliness, an advocate on behalf of poor sinners and, especially on behalf of fallen priests, and of those who have lost hope in My infinite mercy. Be a companion for Me in the Sacrament of My Love, the Sacrament of My Divine Companionship for every human wayfarer in this valley of tears.

I remain unknown. I am left alone. Even those who claim to profess the mystery of My real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar forsake Me. I am treated with a terrible indifference, with coldness, and with a lack of respect that causes the Angels to weep because they cannot offer me reparation for the coldness and indifference of human hearts. Only men can make reparation for men. What is lacking is the loving response of a human heart to My Eucharistic Heart, pierced, alive, and beating in the Sacrament of the Altar. Only a human heart can make reparation for a human heart.

For this reason the Angels are sorrowful. The adoration and the praise they offer Me is angelic. It is the expression of the perfections I have place in their angelic nature. Without ever dying, they immolate themselves before Me in the tabernacles where I dwell on earth by lowering themselves in the most humble adoration and by placing all their angelic perfections –their beauty, their strength, their intelligence– beneath My feet. The Angels are like living flames who burn in My Eucharistic presence without ever being consumed. For all of this, My Angels cannot replace a single human heart in My presence.

What I look for from men, what I wait for, above all, from My priests, my Angels cannot give Me. And so I turned to Saint John to comfort Me; to love when the love of others grew cold; to hope in Me when the trust of others was shaken; to remain faithful to Me when the faith of others was put to the test. John was, among the Apostles, My loving friend, My adorer, the one who understood the mystery of reparation to My Heart. John made reparation for Peter’s denial of Me, not by standing in judgment over Peter, whom he honoured and loved as a father, but by weeping with Peter, and by offering himself in reparation for Peter’s fall.

Again, it was John who offered Me faithful love in exchange for Judas; faithless betrayal. He made reparation to My Heart that suffered so grievously when Judas walked out of the Cenacle into the night. In that moment, John gave Me all the love of his heart, begging Me to accept it in reparation for Judas’ cold and calculated plot against Me.

Be another Saint John for My Heart. Offer Me reparation by offering Me yourself in the place of those who flee from before My Eucharistic Face; in the place of those who cannot bear to remain in my presence, close to My Heart; in the place of those priests of Mine who have time for all else save for Me. Give Me your companionship, give Me your confidence, give Me your grateful affection.

Let nothing keep you from carrying out this design of Mine. One who makes reparation for My priests will discover on the last day that His own sins, though they be many, will be covered over by a single act of reparation, for reparation is the exercise of love, and love covers a multitude of sins.

Love Me, and you will fulfill all that I am asking of you. Love Me, and I will fulfill all that you ask of Me. . . . I desire a company of Johannine souls, priest adorers and reparators, and upon them I will pour out rivers of grace for the renewal of My priesthood and the joy of My Spouse, the Church.

In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of A Priest

Saint Mary Magdalene repaired the insult of Judas's bitter kiss of betrayal by her pure love 

Saint Mary Magdalene repaired the insult of Judas's bitter kiss of betrayal by her pure love