Pope Francis has meditated on the Rosary and the Priesthood.
When speaking to those in the process of formation, there are two temptations: to focus on the bad, taking into account only negative experiences, or to try to present an idyllic and unreal world.
That is why, keeping with the theme of prayer with which we began, I found interesting a little book by a bishop saint of your land, Saint Manuel González, who describes in a priestly rosary the good and the bad that questions us, making it into a prayer which, through the intercession of our Immaculate Mother, we present to God.
St. Manuel Gonzalez lived from 1877 to 1940.
He suggested these mysteries:
1- 1st Joyful mystery (Annunciation): Savor the joy of my priestly vocation and ordination
2- 2nd Joyful mystery (Visitation): Savor the zeal that my priesthood activates
3- 3rd Joyful mystery (Nativity): Savor my priestly work in giving Jesus to souls
4- 4th Joyful mystery (Presentation): Savor my offering of myself to Jesus, and offering myself with Jesus to God in my priesthood
5- 5th Joyful mystery (Finding in the Temple): Savor that Jesus is found and reparation is made in my priesthood
About these mysteries, the Pope reflected:
Remember that, when you become priests, your first obligation will be a life of prayer born of gratitude for that love of predilection which God showed you in calling you to his service. This is the first joyful mystery from which everything is born. In this phase of formation in which you find yourselves, it would do you good if in your prayer you could confront yourselves with the attitudes of the Blessed Virgin, asking yourselves: How did she react when God called her, and how did I? With what zeal do I approach my future priestly life? “Will I rise up,” says Saint Emmanuel, “like a bubble in a boiling pot of love, to bring God to the world? Will I carry him to the mountains, to the most arduous and painful places?”
The priest “is not a dominator of souls by silver and gold … his wealth, his power, is only the virtue of the name of Jesus,” meaning, to make him present in the Eucharist, in the sacraments, in the word, to be born in the hearts of men, to be his instrument in everything and always. That is why we give ourselves, like Jesus, in the temple, as victims, for the redemption of the world.
And in the last joyful mystery there is a very important idea for your whole life, never leave it, I am referring to Jesus lost in the temple, to that Jesus whom I must always return to seek in the tabernacle. Lose yourselves there with Him, to wait for your faithful: “The good priest knows very well that, as long as he has eyes to weep with, hands to mortify himself with and body to afflict, he has no right to say that he has done all he had to do for the souls entrusted to him.”
The author proposes these Sorrowful Mysteries
1st Sorrowful Mystery: I want to unite myself to the sacrifice of your Heart, my High Priest
2nd Sorrowful Mystery: I want to unite myself to the sacrifice of your Sensibility, my High Priest
3rd Sorrowful Mystery: I want to unite myself to the sacrifice of your Honor, my High Priest
4th Sorrowful Mystery: I want to unite myself to the sacrifice of every human relief, my High Priest
5th Sorrowful Mystery: I want to unite myself to the sacrifice of your Life, my High Priest
1- 1st Glorious mystery (Resurrection): Acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice
2- 2nd Glorious mystery (Ascension): Eternal sacrifice and eternal gratitude of the Father
3- 3rd Glorious mystery (Descent of the Holy Spirit): The great grace of our Masses
4- 4th Glorious mystery (Annunciation): The great grace of the earth, of Our Lady, and what’s given to her
5- 5th Glorious mystery (Coronation): What Mary gives and what she receives
The Pope offered this reflection about these mysteries:
And we come to the glorious mysteries, which are our thanksgiving for the Mass of Jesus on the cross. After the triumph of the resurrection, Jesus entered the sanctuary of heaven and from there perpetuates this continual thanksgiving. Seeing him seated at the right hand of the Father inspires us to hope and fills us with joy, because he assures us of paradise. For this God sends the Holy Spirit, who alone can teach us these mysteries, and one day he will give you the gift of being priests of Christ. Never cease to savour and remember this love of predilection which pours and will pour itself abundantly into your heart, at your ordination and for the rest of your days. Never extinguish that fire which will make you fearless preachers of the Gospel, dispensers of divine treasures. Unite your flesh to that of Jesus, like Mary, to immolate yourselves with Him in the Eucharistic sacrifice, and also in the glory of His triumph.
Dear seminarians, take up your rosary, then, and ask Mary, Queen and Mother of Mercy, to help you to unveil the mysteries of the priesthood to which God calls you, contemplating the mysteries of her Son, accepting that the joy of discipleship and perfect identification on the cross are the only way to glory. May God bless you.