Tuesday 11 March 2014

On the priesthood

Piergiorgio Gianazza came in yesterday with the new Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests (2013) from the Congregation for the Clergy. A wonderful resource not only for the course on States of Christian Life, but also for our formation here in general. The book also contained a leaflet, an examination of conscience for priests. I looked that up, and found another precious document: The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy: An Aid for Confessors and Spiritual Directors (2011); the examination of conscience is an appendix to this document, which deals with the sacrament of reconciliation. Then I remembered I had some books of Benedict XVI on the priesthood, and there they were on my shelf: Ministers of Your Joy: Reflections on Priestly Spirituality (London: St Pauls, 2005), and Pope Benedict XVI: The Priesthood (Manila: St Pauls, 2009), a little book of quotations from his teaching. And then, perhaps most beautiful of all, I went back to something I have been wanting to read all these years: the fourth part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on prayer. 

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