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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Priestly mission: Complete identification with ministry

Pope Benedict XVI laid out the essential elements of the priestly ministry in his general audience today, using the life of St. John Vianney and his "complete identification with his ministry" as an example.
"The goal of priests' mission is, we could say, 'of worship': that all men and women may offer themselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, receiving the charity which they are then called to dispense abundantly to one another. ... Love for others, concern for justice and the poor are not so much a question of social morals as the expression of a sacramental conception of Christian morality because, through priestly ministry, the spiritual sacrifice of all the faithful is accomplished, in union with the sacrifice of Christ, the only mediator, he told the faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square in Rome. "This is the sacrifice that priests offer bloodlessly and sacramentally while awaiting the second coming of the Lord."

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