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Friday, 26 May 2006

Pope Benedict on the priesthood

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI met with the clergy in Warsaw Cathedral. His meditation on the priestly life should be read by every priest and seminarian. A short extract:
You have been chosen from among the people, appointed to act in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. Believe in the power of your priesthood! By virtue of the sacrament, you have received all that you are. When you utter the words "I" and "my" ("I absolve you ... This is my body ..."), you do it not in your own name, but in the name of Christ, "in persona Christi", who wants to use your lips and your hands, your spirit of sacrifice and your talent.
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