Thursday, December 18, 2014
Every Catholic Priest that walks the Earth had a mark placed on him at his conception for the Priesthood. This is a gift by God as a reflection for what God did for Mary in her womb, because every Priest is her son. The Priest is not immaculate, but only marked as one chosen for the Priesthood. This is not a guarantee that he will become a Priest, it is up to God whether or not he is called later.
I am sure that there are a few Priests walking the earth that were not called, although they are very few. But the Priest, whether called or not will always carry this mark as being chosen to the Priesthood from conception.
Some of us are chosen to be the protector, parent and instructor of such children, and what you see is amazing. How can you tell them what you know? They don't understand why people, complete strangers want to engage him, talk to him, get to know him. But I know. Eternity truly is in our hearts, and somewhere deep inside, these people know that the young man they want so much to speak can provide them a path to heaven. They don't understand how, but somewhere deep inside, they know.
I have also seen the look of hatred on a face looking at my son. I knew what this was too. There is a look of evil on the face of one that is either pure evil or possessed by the same that can not be duplicated in human form. They hate him for what damage he could potentially do to them, but they are not allowed to touch him.
As always, I am curious. "God why did you let me see that?" Knowledge is always given for a reason. I was made aware of the real danger that we both face, and by God's grace are protected from.
This is not the first time I had encountered this either. I met with a young sweet faced Deacon who was soon to be a Priest in the church at OLPH. (Now Father Doug Marcotte at Sacred Heart, Jeffersonville, IN) I gave him a copy of the vision of the Eucharist, I'll never forget the smile on his face! He talked about his journey to the Priesthood and how much he had to study, etc. I told him, "Oh don't worry, you will be a Priest, it is imprinted on your soul." (My Mother always said I told everything I knew...so what I know I will say.)
I also encountered another young man about my son's age, that has this gift from God. I also gave him a copy of the picture of the Eucharist saying, "You know only a Priest can do that!" (Hint, Hint!) But the most memorable was being with my son and for just a moment feeling the power of God come from his hands.
Will my son be a Priest? I don't know, whatever path he takes is between him and God. I love him no matter what he becomes. Whether he is called or not, I am thankful to be be his Mother and pray that I teach and guide him well.