What a beautiful saint and such a magnificent explanation of the importance of the priesthood and its being so vital to our growing faith and love of Jesus Christ, as the priest works fervently to bring us closer to our Lord and Savior at all times! The following two passages crystallized in my mind and heart as soon as I read these words!
“The Holy Virgin cannot make her Divine Son descend into the Host. You might have two hundred angels there, but they could not absolve you. A priest, however simple he may be, can do it; he can say to you, “Go in peace; I pardon you.” Oh, how great is a priest!”
“The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. When you see the priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Indeed, they are shepherds for Jesus to tend to His flock we His children of God, who while here living in accordance with God’s word and will need the “Priests” as the “chief disciples of our Lord” who are acting as “Shepherds for Christ” and to me in a direct way, are part of an “Apostleship” that is “living and here with us in the flesh material life!”
Perhaps another analogy that can give the faithful further awareness of the “Priest’s relationship with the body and blood of Christ Jesus” and then the “priest’s direct connection to we the faithful” is like having a captain on a ship as we course through a vast sea needing guidance from above but “a living and real compass, the priest,” who will see to it that we stay on course, as we manifest our faith in Christ Jesus. Amen.
God bless all of our priests and you as well.
Our priests are God’s precious living instruments here to help us!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
This is a CP&S reblog with an added prayer for the feast of St John Vianney, patron saint of priests:
To recover the sacred in our Liturgy, Pope Benedict XVI, in his Letter Proclaiming a Year for Priests of June 2009, in referencing Saint John Mary Vianney, observed: “This way of educating the faithful to the Eucharistic presence and to communion proved most effective when they saw him celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass…He was convinced that the fervour of a priest’s life depended entirely upon the Mass: ‘The reason why a priest is lax is that he does not pay attention to the Mass! My God, how we ought to pity a priest who celebrates as if he were engaged in something routine!’” At a time when the Holy Priesthood is under diabolical attack in the world today, let us pray fervently to St John Vianney, patron saint…
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