DAY 3: SECOND SIN – LUST FOR POWER
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Spirit of Love of the Father and of the Son,
grant me Your love.
I give You my mind and heart,
so that You would fill me with Your wisdom.
Tear me away from amidst the futility of the world
and lead me into Your hidden chambers,
in which I will forget about the world,
in order to get to know Your mysteries.
Let me rest at Your feet
and listen with anointment to Your whisper.
Fill me with faith so I would not doubt
that the words, which [I read],
come from the mouth of the Most High,
and with bravery, so I would carry them courageously
to the whole world. Amen.
Contemplation of the Holy Scriptures before the conference of the day – 30 minutes
Psalm 82 (81)
- God stood in the congregation of gods, he renders judgment among the “gods”:
- “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?
- Defend the needy and the fatherless; do justice to the humble and the poor.
- Rescue the poor and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
- But they know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken.
- I said, ‘You are “gods” and all of you are the sons of the Most High.’
- But you will die like men, you will fall like one of the princes.”
- Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.
TEACHING: Second sin – lust for power
Meditation about the conference – 60 minutes
Lord Jesus: Write, My daughter. The second Sin. The second common priestly sin is the lust for power. None of My sons, priests, want to serve. Everyone desires to direct, order, and create a world around them that will serve them. I have very few humble and serving priests. I Myself, as a man, surrendered to the authority of My earthly parents, and later I walked from city to city, serving all with My entire power and strength. I used My authority, given to Me from above, only for service. I did not rule people, but I showed them God’s love, still leaving them the possibility of choice.
My priests desire to rule from the first day of their ordination. They do not comprehend their calling as a service. If there was love in it, it would still be bearable. Unfortunately, the lust for power excludes love. Man begins to be perceived as someone who serves for the achievement of one’s own goals, not as the goal at which the priest’s arrow should be aimed. The arrow of the grace of God necessary for Salvation. Regardless of the place from which the priest releases this arrow, it achieves its goal. This means that regardless of whether he holds the highest office or whether he holds the last place in the hierarchy of the Church, his task is to save souls for God, and God Himself makes this action more effective, regardless of the social position of the priest and his actions. After all, a bedridden and paralyzed priest, with his service united in suffering with My Sacrifice of the Golgoth, can save more souls than a high-ranking cardinal ruling entire cities or nations.
The essence of the priestly mission does not lie in power. The authority that I have conferred upon priests is Divine, not human. It is the authority over the life and the death of souls. If the priest lives according to My Will and fulfills his service with love, he revives souls. If not, he puts them to death. Every priest has this power, regardless of where he lives or his interpersonal skills. This power is so great that those priests, to whom it was given to see this truth, removed themselves from the burden of exercising human authority so that they could give all their strength to the Divine authority. This is not possible for all priests, because the Church would no longer be able to carry out her functions. I say this to emphasize with how much fear the priest should approach the issue of both the Divine and the human authority. I told you that some priests use Me and My grace to exercise authority over people according to their own selfish lives. This has nothing to do with the priesthood. It is an ordinary abuse with very painful and serious consequences. Using My authority, My Person to control people, extort money and honors, or for bodily abuse is the most serious priestly sin, which calls for vengeance to Heaven.
Now examine your priestly heart, son. Let Me look at you to burn out your interior. Have you ever used Me to serve you? Have you made use of the dignity, which I have merited for you, against Me? As a priest, did you pursue a goal that did not agree with your calling and with My Will? Are you afraid of the authority that I have given you? Are you afraid of your own lust, do you not recognize it? Do you know that your word, your advice, and the example of your life bring life or death to souls? Do you know that I have made you so great that none of your gestures or words will go unnoticed in the world? Everything you do shapes My Church and the world. So if you build by word and destroy by deed, how great this destruction is. I have already said of the Pharisees that one should follow only their words, because their actions did not go hand in hand with them. Although My grace flows abundantly on you, you waste it by living for yourself. Son, authority must always be used for the Salvation of souls, and for this one purpose only.
Consider today in your heart the truth about which I told Pilate: You would have no authority over Me if it were not given to you from above.
Contemplation of the Holy Scriptures after the conference of the day – 45 minutes
Psalm 141 (140)
- I call to you, O Lord, come quickly to me; hear my voice when I call to you.
- Let my prayer be set before You like incense; let the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
- Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips.
- Do not let my heart be drawn to evil words so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.
- Let the just man correct me in mercy; let him reprove me; but do not let the oil of the sinner fatten my head! For my prayer shall still be against the things with which they are well pleased.
- Their judges will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will hear my words, for they have prevailed.
- They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered by the side of hell.”
- But my eyes are fixed on you, O Lord, Lord; in You I have put my trust – do not take away my soul.
- Keep me from the snares they have laid for me and from the traps of the evildoers.
- Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
Translated from: Rekolekcje Kapłanskie, na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2018, p. 44-52