Friday, July 31, 2009

The Objective of this Year for Priests

"The objective of this Year for Priests...
is to support the struggle of every priest 'toward spiritual perfection,
on which the effectiveness of his ministry primarily depends.'

It is to help priests first of all
--and with them all of God's people--
to rediscover and reinvigorate their awareness
of the extraordinary and indispensable gift of grace
that the ordained ministry is
for he who receives it,
for the whole Church,
and for the world,
which would be lost without the real presence of Christ."
~Pope Benedict XVI~
"There can be no Eucharist without the priesthood,
just as there can be no priesthood without the Eucharist."
~Pope John Paul II~

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.

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