This email from a dear friend alarmed me:
“I do so hope that the Holy Father does read your Blog. That is an inspired entry, dear Father [Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy and an abuse victim to team up for the Year of Mercy?]. This is a continuation of the incredible “Year for Priests” [[the year I was crucified, analogously, by another priest, which turned out to be a most profound blessing for me.]], and women need to dust off their SpiritualMotherhood booklet from the Congregation for the Clergy and accompany the 800 or more Missionaries of Mercy with Adoration, Reparation, Spiritual Motherhood for Priests.”
At this very minute, my WordPress stats page is reporting that the Holy See is in the top ten of the countries visiting the blog as I write this post. At any rate, the Holy Father, you must know, reads news from the dark peripheries, La Repubblica. As to whether he might be alerted on a rare occasion while in down time as to what one of his Missionaries of Mercy is up to, well, lets just say I have not yet been summoned to Rome outside of my meeting with him – and with all the others – on Shrove Tuesday. I’m sure that will be like meeting an old friend.
What alarms me is that there is a possibility that Spiritual Mothers around the world might need to dust off their Spiritual Motherhood booklet from the Congregation of the Clergy. Don’t abandon us now, our spiritual mothers! We depend on you. You are the maternal heart of the Church. What is to become of us without you?
I once emailed a cloistered nun (the mother prioress who took care of such things as email for the monastery), who prays for me daily, and told her of my fears of meeting Jesus at my judgment, when He, in all His fearful majesty, will demand an accounting of me regarding what I did with all the graces which He heaped upon me according to her prayers. I complained that instead of being closer to heaven, I would be backed up to the farthest reaches of purgatory because of my ineptitude. After all, to the one who has been given much, much will be demanded. Her immediate response (she was on the computer just then) was that I should instead be grateful for her prayers because (and I’m sure she was laughing when typing this)… because being in the farthest reaches of purgatory because of her prayers was a promotion from where I would have been without her prayers! “Yes,” I immediately agreed. “That is very true. Thank you.”
Unlike the participants in the Synod on the family, not all the names of the Missionaries of Mercy will be published publicly. Remember that temporary website (now taken down) about adopting a Synod Father in prayer during the Synod on the Family? I wonder if someone could put up a similar site and just give people numbers, from 1 to 800, which will refer to whatever Missionary of Mercy for whom they will pray until the close of the Year of Mercy on 20 November 2016. Anyone? I bet I will be number 666, but will hopefully have advanced as far as purgatory…
(Potential) Spiritual Mothers have their marching orders with Spiritual Motherhood. Let’s work as a team. Believe me, without your prayers, we would do nothing, and less than nothing. Any good we might possibly have the chance of doing this year will depend on your prayers. We want Spiritual Mothers! We need Spiritual Mothers! Let’s do this together with Jesus, and with His dearest mother and ours.