Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pope calls Priests to Love Mary and Grow in Holiness



CASTEL GANDOLFO (AsiaNews) -

There is a deep relationship, "a nexus" between the Jesus’ Mother and the priesthood, between Mary and all the priests who, like St. John, "are called to accept her into their home," which means "make her part of the dynamism of their entire existence, in all that constitutes the horizon of their apostolate."

This was Benedict XVI’s message on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption, in this Year for Priests, to 4 thousand people in the inner courtyard of the papal palace of Castel Gandolfo for the general audience and to the thousands who, unable to fit into the inner courtyard, were in the square outside.

At the end of the meeting, the Pope also expressed his "spiritual closeness" to "many people in recent days that have been affected by the violent typhoon in the Philippines, Taiwan, in some provinces of south-eastern China and in Japan, a country, also tried by a strong earthquake”. “I call on everyone to pray for them - he added - and for those who lost their lives. I hope that the relief of solidarity and the help of material aid will not be lacking”.

Speaking to those present, the Pope also pointed to the mystery of the Incarnation, "God does not act against our freedom" and that when he decided to become man "he needed the yes of his creatures” he was “dependent on the yes of one of his creatures”.

The Incarnation, he then said, "is intended from the outset as a gift of self", so "sacrifice, the priesthood and Incarnation go together and Mary is at the heart of this mystery”.

Benedict XVI continued, saying that from the cross, Jesus sees his Mother and the beloved apostle, a very important individual, but more important he is a prefiguration of all loved people, all the disciples and especially all priests. " "It's a kind of testament”, Jesus entrusts his mother to the care of the disciple to his mother this child.

Following in the footsteps of St. John, for the priest "is not a formal thing”, but the call to introduce Mary "into the dynamism of ones entire existence, in all that constitutes the horizon of ones apostolate”. It is thus easy to understand the primary source, “the fundamental reason for the predilection Mary feels for each one of them, because just as Jesus was, they too are close to her heart, because like her they are committed to witnessing and spreading the saving love of Christ in the world. "


2 comments:

Jeffrey S. J. Allan said...

I don't see how a priest could function without a close, loving union with the Mother of God -- their Mother! She held Jesus, they hold Jesus on the altar. She gave us Jesus; they give us Jesus.

Most touching to me is the Carthusian priestly tradition of praying Our Lady's Office in its entirety, in addition to the Canonical Office.

Padre Giovanni Trigilio said...

I concur. While we do not have 'married' priests in the Western Church, we must have 'Mary's' priests, i.e., priests consecrated to Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy and Mother of Priests. Marian devotion helps priests stay close to her Divine Son. St. John the Beloved was close to both Jesus and His Blessed Mother. So should all of us priests.

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