Thirty Quotes # 16

Thirty Quotes # 16

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“I remind you to kindle the gift of God that is within you.” (2 Tim. 1:6)

The quotation above is the title of Chapter six of “Pastores Dabo Vobis” about the ongoing formation of priests. However, it is as relevant to the seminarian and the person who may be considering a vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood. The gifts that we have all received are at the heartbeat of our life. They offer a pulse to our life of faith. The heartbeat for the life of any priest, Diocesan or religious is fundamental his relationship with God and his life of prayer. Priesthood is ongoing process. We must always have the capacity to have an openness to God.  The Priest is a man of communion with as a basic orientation to be a man of God in order to be a man for others. No priest can ever see himself as the finished product. Priesthood is not something that is bought off the shelves of a high street supermarket. It is, however, a life lived in and through the presence of God. The Diocesan Priest lives his life in the realm of God. Those gifts may be academic, pastoral or spiritual but we must never allow ourselves to be convinced that we are self-sufficient, never in the need of additional support or encouragement. Those gifts, that we all have are for the good of the Church, and therefore to the People of God whom we are asked to serve. Service and sacrifice are part of the life of the Priest. The priest has to be a man of prayer centre on the Eucharist which should be at the heart of his ministry and his life of prayer. At the same time, he must be able to articulate his faith, preach in a credible and convincing fashion and be willing to engage in debate and study so he too shares in the ongoing mission and evangelisation of the world. Diocesan Priesthood is both gift and task and we should not underestimate the power of God to continually rekindle the flame of faith in our lives for the sake of the message of the Gospel which so urgently in our own land needs credible, competent and authentic men of faith to draw people into the mystery of Eucharist because with the Eucharist, the source and summit of our Christian life, we cannot live.

Rev. Paul Milarvie


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Thirty Quotes # 13

Thirty Quotes # 13

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“Activism by itself can even be heroic, but in the end external action is fruitless and loses its effectiveness unless it is born from deep inner communion with Christ. “

(Pope Benedict XVI, Homily from Holy Thursday Chrism Mass, Rome, 13 April 2006)

 Diocesan Priests can be busy people who often have to be people who are multi-tasking. There is always the danger to be “on the go.” While this in itself is good and there is no doubt that the ministry of the priest can  be sanctifying what he says and does there is always the danger that he may fall doing things “out of a sense of duty” or a vague or ill-informed functionalism. Inevitably he simply becomes a machine who consciously or unconsciously has eclipsed the reality of God from his Priesthood. Yet, no priest can ever own his Priesthood because it is gift. We must root ourselves in God. The aim of our Priesthood is to live it for the greater glory of God, for the good of the Church and for service in the Church. We must not become un-hinged. We must never become the lone-ranger because that is when the self-centredness of the individual becomes all too clear for others to see. We must maintain that relationship with Christ from which flows our relationship with fellow priests. Every priest must remember to say his prayers, not just the liturgy of the hours but his own personal prayers that keeps him connected with God and the people to whom he serves. If the priest becomes disconnected he, in time, fails to feed the people who are looking to be fed. If he prayers, his people knows that he prays through his sermons and the way in which he celebrates the Eucharist. It is easy for the Priest to feel that he must be on the go. Yet, the Priest who gives time to prayer, spiritual reading, study and personal reflection may be the more effective minister of word and sacrament which is at the heart of his Priesthood. We must always find a balance that  allows us to be both engaged and active in our Priesthood and at the same time take quality time to remain in touch with God, other Priests for the good of the People we have been called to serve.

Rev. Paul Milarvie


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