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.

"A priest’s true identity is powerfully affirmed through hearts that have faith in Christ’s presence in him."  

Servant of God, Catherine Doherty 

'If a priest is determined not to lose his soul, so soon as any disorder arises in the parish he must trample under foot all human considerations as well as the fear of the contempt and hatred of his people. He must not allow anything to bar his way in the discharge of duty, even where he is certain of being murdered on coming down from the pulpit. A pastor who wants to do his duty must keep his sword in hand at all times.' St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars

"Priests must be very pure and concentrate on their mission to the Church and souls, and be obedient to the pope and their superiors." St. Jacinta Marto

'What tongue, human or angelic, may ever describe a power so immeasurable as that exercised by the simplest priest in Mass? Who could ever have imagined that the voice of man, which by nature hath not the power even to raise a straw from the ground, should obtain through grace a power so stupendous as to bring from Heaven to earth the Son of God?' St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Saint John Vianney

“Were we to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die: not of fright, but of love. It is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of his goods. Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest, and they will end by worshiping he beasts there. The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.”

“When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the priest; for when there is no priest, there is no sacrifice: and when there is no sacrifice, there is no religion.”

"Because of the priest’s resemblance to her divine Son, Our Lady sees Jesus in each one of them. She loves them not only as members of the mystical body, but on account of the priestly character imprinted on their souls, and for the sacred mysteries which they celebrate in persona Christi."

Pope Pius VII

Father John Hardon SJ

In his writing “What is the Catholic Priesthood” Father John Hardon beautifully writes:

"...Remove the priesthood and you remove the Real Presence of Christ in the eucharist in the world. Remove the priesthood and you remove the sacrifice of the mass from the world. Remove the priesthood and you remove Holy Communion from the world. Remove the priesthood and you remove the sacrament of reconciliation from a very sinful world. Remove the priesthood and you remove the sacrament of anointing from the world. Remove the priesthood and you remove the divinely assured teaching of God’s revealed truth from the world. In a word without the priesthood Christianity would be a memory but no longer a reality. It would cease to exist on earth in this admittedly, difficult valley of tears. Once more we ask what is the catholic priesthood? Our final answer is that is the ministry of Christ continued on earth..."

“…Priests are a miracle of God’s love for us. A man, through the sacrament of Ordination, becomes another Christ, with powers that go beyond human imagination…He takes a sinner, just like ourselves, and through a special anointing and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the man is impregnated, impenetrated, filled with Jesus Christ. Here is God descending into a sinner, and not only descending, but filling that man with Himself.”

Dear Seminarian: Letters from a lay apostle on becoming a shepherd of souls.

By Servant of God Catherine Doherty

The part of the faithful, God tells St. Catherine, is to weep over the sins of clergy who do not follow God’s will, and to call upon His mercy for them. You should hold [these sinful ministers] out to me with tears and great desire, so that I in my goodness may clothe them with the garment of charity… Indeed, I have appointed them and given them to you to be angels on earth…as I have told you. When they are less than that, you ought to pray for them. But you are not to judge them. Leave the judging to me, and I, because of your prayers and my own desire, will be merciful to them. (120) The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena

“Despite our personal experiences with different priests, we can ask Mary to help us to see them with her eyes, since “for her, a priest is always a priest, a living image of her Son, and if that image is disfigured by sin, she only has a more ardent desire to give him back that resemblance to Christ, for she sees him as God sees him.”

Father Marie Dominique Philippe, O.P.,

quoted in Magnificat Year for Priests Companion 2009