Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The most interesting of adventures

The Holy Father, speaking to seminarians at the Lateran seminary,
The Holy Father said that he sees the priesthood as "the most interesting of adventures and the most necessary for the world: the adventure of demonstrating and realizing the fullness of life to which everyone aspires. It is a very demanding adventure and could not be otherwise because a priest is called to imitate Jesus."

He then referred to two aspects that characterize the lives of seminarians. First of all, there is "listening to the voice of the Lord which, he said, 'requires an atmosphere of silence.'" The second facet of priestly studies mentioned by the Pope is the serious dedication to studying. He instructed the seminarians that "by praying and studying, you can create within yourselves the man of God that you must become and that people expect a priest to be."

The Pope added one other experience: "There is also another aspect to your lives: ... the community aspect, which is of great importance. ... Your communion is not limited to the present but also concerns the future. The pastoral activity that awaits you must see you acting together united in a single body, an 'ordo' of priests who, with the bishop, watch over the Christian community."

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