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Holy Thursday


the Institution of the Holy Eucharist


the Catholic Priesthood

The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Bread of Angels ... and the Sons of Men


And so, my son, you come to me this day and tell me what my heart has ever known ...

You wish to be a Priest

How my heart thrilled when you spoke these words, and how it suffered, too. You are my son ... one with my flesh. You are a heart in my heart. You are loved beyond measure. You have yet to count the years, as I have, seeing how they pass, turn upon turn – how swiftly they pass as a fragrant summer breeze through an unchanging Cypress at the edge of time. They pass, my son, and you know not where.

You have counted neither by pleasure nor by pain, for the days of youth are endless before you ... and the Finger of God has rested upon your heart. Already you have seen beyond that Cypress shade that confines the changing winds, to the stillness of God in unquenchable light that stirs your soul into sacred silence.

You have heard the voice of God. Somehow you have seen the whited and shimmering fields that dance uncut and gathered not to God. And now He sends you, my beloved son, at the noon of youth, into the field He sowed and which you must reap!

The secret anointing that comes from on High has been poured out upon you. Angels in alabastered albs have gathered round you, but only you have heard the stirring of their unseen wings – that will tremble at your very side around the Altar of the Living God, when under gentle hands you will make present God to feckless man.

My son! My son! That path of thorns! Cruelly crowned will you accept this christening of the Crucified? Be unto men another Christ? Bless, heal and sanctify? Will you accept the scorn of a jaded and disbelieving world? Pronounce remission of the searing sin? Confect the very Body of the Immolated Christ? Make, too, of this wine, the very Blood of the Son of God?

My son! My son! Flesh of my flesh, will you, too, raise your hand to heal and to bless? Will you go to the lost, the blind, those crippled by the world —who will come to you to find the face of Christ, hear His voice in your own?

Son of my flesh, you are more the son of God!

What he has chosen; what you have chosen too.

Hands I once kissed in infancy ... will they now bless me, absolve me, in my gathered years?

Your children, my son, tell me ... how will you number them? Of grace you will so far exceed what would spring forth of nature in all your years!

Go, my son, and be father to the fatherless, through your consecrated hands bring Jesus Christ to men.

Be Christ unto them in all your words; be Christ unto them in all your ways.

You have lifted up your eyes and seen the whitened fields! In joy go forth and reap. Gather them! Put forth your hands and multiply the Bread of Angels ... and feed the sons of men.

Go with my blessing who first was blessed by God ... in thee!

P.K. a Catholic Father for the Boston Catholic Journal

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