Regarding the recent priest scandal one of our Sisters was inspired to write this poem and chalk this image of Our Lady – Sorrowful Mother of Priests. May this inspire each of us to seek to offer our lives with and for our priests. They need our prayers and sacrifices! And our world needs them!
MATER DOLOROSA SACERDOTUM
(Sorrowful Mother of Priests)
I shed mother’s teardrops, weeping
for my fallen, wayward son.
What revives the ancient groaning,
Rachel’s grief again begun?
crown discarded, all the tokens
of unfinished holocaust.
What can be my consolation?
Ah, my son! My son is lost!
in my arms what sin has scattered,
for to safeguard faithfully.
crimson tears in his blood’s stead;
may their prayer beg grace from Thee!
where his flame burns, lest it falter,
left forgotten by its priest.
on my paten I now proffer
for Thy sacrificial feast.
let my spirit take his part
in a humble offering.
in my prayer his heart’s petition,
as my voice Thy mercy sings.
heart and eyes – in grief or praise –
to the Savior of our ways.
“Mourning love I shall reward:
thou shalt see thy son restored.”