Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Noble Life, the Double Life of a Priest

“A priest must be a reservoir before he can become a conduit.”
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Tomorrow I will begin co-teaching with Fr. Brett Brannen a unique course on the Theology of the Body and the Priesthood. It's focus is on priestly identity. 

What does it mean to be a celibate man, and still a true father in the deepest sense of the word? To be a man set apart and yet at the same time to be a part of every family, connected deeply to evey heart? 

We will mediate on the priest as son, brother, spouse, and father. With the insights of Blessed John Paul the Great, as well as the scriptures, the saints and the mystics, we will clarify what is in fact not an outdated and irrelevant vocation but an essential and irrevocable sign of humanity's ultimate call: the call to become a gift.... a fruitful, life-giving gift for the world. Prayers are appreciated as we begin this 5 day course, and prayers for the class of men coming from across the country and beyond. Please pray for a renewed vision of this most beautiful of sacraments! 

"A priest is mysterious, he lives in two worlds. He is at his best when he leads a double life, at once both human and divine. No life is more adventurous, for at every moment, like the trapeze artist, he is swinging between time and eternity.”
- Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
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