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 has stood in the synagogue of gods, but, in their midst, He renders judgment among the “gods”:
- “How long will you judge unjustly and favor the faces of sinners?
- Judge for the indigent and the orphan. Do justice to the humble and the poor.
- Rescue the poor, and free the needy from the hand of the sinner.
- But they did not know and did not understand. They wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth will be shaken.
- I said, ‘You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High.’
- But you will die like men, and you will fall just like one of the princes.”
- Rise up, O God. Judge the earth. For you will inherit it with all the nations.
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)
- O Lord, I have cried out to you, hear me. Attend to my voice, when I cry out to you.
- Let my prayer be guided like incense in your sight: the lifting up of my hands, like the evening sacrifice.
- O Lord, station a guard over my mouth and a door enclosing my lips.
- Do not turn aside my heart to words of malice, to making excuses for sins, with men who work iniquity; and I will not communicate, even with the best of them.
- The just one will correct me with mercy, and he will rebuke me. But do not allow the oil of the sinner to fatten my head. For my prayer will still be toward their good will.
- Their judges have been engulfed, joined to the rocks. They will hear my words, which have prevailed,
- They will say, “As as when the lava of the earth has erupted above ground. Our bones have been scattered beside Hell.”
- For Lord, O Lord, my eyes look to you. In you, I have hoped. Do not take away my soul.
- Protect me from the snare that they have set up for me and from the scandals of those who work iniquity.
- The sinners will fall into his net. I am alone, until I pass over.
Translated from: Rekolekcje Kapłanskie, na podstawie Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2018, p. 44-52