On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'” ~Jn 2: 1-5
When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his home.” ~Jn. 19:26-27
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- Rooted in Prayer
The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Priests strive daily for deeper union with Christ, our Spouse. As consecrated women our lives are rooted in prayer – both personal and Liturgical. In union with Mary we gaze upon the face of Christ in contemplation of his Mysteries: in Eucharistic Adoration, in Lectio Divina, and in the recitation of the Rosary. We are strengthened and nourished through the unified prayers of the Church: daily Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Each of these are opportunities to ‘punctuate’ our day with prayer. Offering even our works as a prayer enables us to follow Christ’s maxim to “pray without ceasing” (Lk 18:1).
It is prayer that gives life and expression to our apostolic works. In turn, it is the work of our apostolate that so enriches and inspires our prayer! Through this continuous encounter with the Living Christ, in prayer and in those we serve, we are thus enabled to participate more fully in the mission of the Church. We are consecrated for communion!
Consecrated to Help Jesus the Priest:
Our spirituality is profoundly Christocentric; it is centered in the Incarnate Christ who offered himself in priestly sacrifice for our redemption. In gratitude for this most generous gift of love, we consecrate our humanity completely to him as a gift. Through our vows, we are forever united to Jesus in a spousal union, and we are thus enabled to take up the mission in the Church as those who are “consecrated and sent.” In so doing, we help to manifest Christ’s love and mercy to the world through the self-gift of our lives offered in sacrifice with and for priests.
Intimate Union with Christ:
I consecrate to God everything that I am and everything that I have: my life, my body, my heart, my soul. Freely and lovingly I give all in the name of him who freely and lovingly gave all for me – Jesus the Eternal Priest, Prophet, and King. All that I do springs from this life of union with Christ which I offer in gratitude for the mercy and goodness he has extended to me in the person of his priests.
Even my vows I offer to help priests in their lives of consecrated service. My vow of poverty – that they may have the grace always to seek first the Kingdom of God; my vow of chastity – that they make keep their sights fixed on the love God above all else; my vow of obedience – that they may faithfully witness the obedient Christ. In addition I offer reparation, through my vow of obedience, for any priests that have separated themselves from obedience to the Magisterium and from unity with the Church.
As a consecrated woman this helps me to live my own vows to the fullest, offering them in service to Christ and in Spiritual Motherhood for priests.
It is through union with our Eucharistic Spouse that we are nourished for communion and mission: communion with Christ, communion with the Church, and a longing for communion with our separated brethren. Our works and our apostolate derive their efficacy precisely from this continuous encounter with the Incarnate Word in the Sacrament of Unity.
Daily before the altar we offer prayers for the Holy Father, for our bishops, and for our priests. On First Fridays we kneel in Adoration, offering prayers of love and reparation to the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus. At our monthly and annual retreats we make a spiritual journey to “a lonely place” where, separated from all distractions, we refresh ourselves in the silence and in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord. It is only through such personal encounter that we are thus enabled to bring Christ to others ~ and others to him.
Our spirituality could not be fully Christocentric without having a firm foundation in the “school of Mary.” * FOOTNOTE WITH LINK TO ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE (IN RESOURCES) Mary is the most sublime model of consecration. It is by entrustment of ourselves to her that we are brought into closer and more intimate union with Christ and with the mission to which he calls us and to which his Mother first responded eagerly and entirely. In Mary we find the perfect example of maternal charity, of perfect sacrifice, and the special dimension of spiritual motherhood that we share with her. Like Our Lady at Cana, we continue her works for unity by calling forth the wine of Jesus’ charity from priests, and by directing others to “do as he tells you” through these, Christ’s co-workers.
It is through the Marian devotion of Total Consecration that we specially dedicate ourselves to Jesus Christ. St. Louis de Montfort introduced this unique form of consecration in the 18th century as the surest path to Jesus, using the very path by which he came to us: Mary. We continue this blessed practice today using the contemporary work: “The Living Tilma: Consecration for the New Evangelization*. Annually, we make the 33-day preparation for renewal which concludes on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Mary was uniquely associated with Christ’s priestly sacrifice, sharing his will to save the world by the cross. She was the first to share spiritually in his offering as ‘sacerdos et hostia’, and did so most perfectly. On Calvary Jesus entrusted a new motherhood to Mary when he said to her: “Woman, behold your son!” (Jn 19:26). With the other apostles [John] belonged to the group of the first “priests”; now at Mary’s side he replaced the one, supreme priest who was leaving the world. Certainly, Jesus’ intention at that moment was to establish Mary’s universal motherhood in the life of grace for every disciple, both then and for all ages. But we cannot ignore the fact that this motherhood took on a concrete, immediate form in relation to an apostle-priest.” (St. John Paul II, General Audience, June 30, 1993)