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The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.
Fr. George Rutler, The Cure d'Ars Today: St. John Vianney

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 1548 In the ecclesial service of the ordained minister, it is Christ himself who is present to his Church as Head of his Body, Shepherd of his flock, high priest of the redemptive sacrifice, Teacher of Truth. This is what the Church means by saying that the priest, by virtue of the sacrament of Holy Orders, acts in persona Christi Capitis:

  • It is the same priest, Christ Jesus, whose sacred person his minister truly represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is truly made like to the high priest and possesses the authority to act in the power and place of the person of Christ himself (virtute ac persona ipsius Christi).

  • Christ is the source of all priesthood: the priest of the old law was a figure of Christ, and the priest of the new law acts in the person of Christ.

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Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and Thy grace, for this is sufficient for me. Saint Ignatius Loyola

Lord Jesus, I love Thee and Thy Church; grant me the grace to accomplish Thy will to serve Thy people with all meekness and perfect charity; grant, too, grace to worship Thee in the beauty of holiness and to labour joyfully for the salvation of souls. Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham, Mother of Priests: pray for me.

Saint John Vianney, Patron of Priests: pray for me.

I hear Jesus' voice saying to you: I do not call you servants but friends; abide in my love and you will bear an abundance of fruit (cf. Jn 15: 9, 16). I ask you to listen to this voice! Christ did not only say this 2,000 years ago; he is alive and saying it to you now. Listen to his voice with great openness; he has something to say to each one. Perhaps he is saying to some of you: "I want you to serve me in a special way as a priest, thus becoming my witness, being my friend and introducing others into this friendship".

Benedict XVI August 2006 Special catechesis for the European Pilgrimage of Altar Servers

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