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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A priest's purpose: Guiding flock to God

As the Year for Priests nears its conclusion next month, Pope Benedict XVI took the opportunity at his May 26 general audience to discuss the duty of priests to shepherd their flocks closer to the Lord:

"In order to be pastors after God's heart, we need to be profoundly rooted in a living friendship with Christ (not only of our minds, but also of our freedom and will), clearly aware of the identity we received at priestly ordination, and unconditionally ready to lead our flock where the Lord wills, not in the direction which seems most convenient and easy. This requires, first and foremost, a continuous and progressive willingness to allow Christ Himself to govern the priestly lives of clergy. No-one, in fact, is truly capable of feeding the flock if they do not live in profound and authentic obedience to Christ and the Church; and the docility of the people towards their priests depends on the docility of priests towards Christ."

Check out the video below to hear more of what the pontiff said.


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