Monday, November 16, 2009

Priests' Lives Must be Centered on the Eucharist

"Priests have no choice, the psychological pressure from the world, the flesh and the devil are too strong to cope with by themselves. The Holy Eucharist must remain if it already is or become, if it is not, the mainstay of their priestly lives. This is no option. It is a law of spiritual survival in every age and with thunderous emphasis, for Catholic priests in our day."

"No doubt the Eucharistic faith and devotion of priests are crucially important in the priestly apostolate. 'Like priest, like people' is a truism of the Church's history. But 'like Eucharist, like priest' is also a sobering fact of the Church's biography.

"Priests are as selfish and chaste, as sacrificing and humble, as their lives are centered on the Eucharist. The daily and devout offering of the Mass, the daily Holy Hour and frequent benediction, the frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament--these are not superficial priestly devotions. They are expressions of a profound love for Jesus Christ, now living and offering Himself for our sanctification on earth on our way to eternity."

~ Servant of God Rev. John Hardon ~


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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