Jun 12, 2009

The Eucharist and the Priesthood, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI

Do you receive the daily news messages from the Vatican Information Service? They are free, and you can click on this post's title to go to the VIS site and sign up for them.

Here is an excerpt from one of the VIS news features:


VATICAN CITY, 11 JUN 2009 (VIS) - At 7 p.m. today, Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on the square in front of the basilica of St. John Lateran, then led a Eucharistic procession to the basilica of St. Mary Major.

In his homily, the Pope commented on the words pronounced by priests at the moment of consecration: "this is My Body, ... this is My Blood".

Addressing his remarks to priests, the Holy Father said: "Becoming the Eucharist: let this be our constant desire and commitment! So that the offer of the Body and Blood of the Lord we make upon the altar may be accompanied by the sacrifice of our own lives. Every day we draw from the Body and Blood of the Lord the free and pure love that makes us worthy ministers of Christ and witnesses to His joy. What the faithful expect from a priest is the example of authentic devotion to the Eucharist. They like to see him spend long periods of silence and adoration before Jesus, as did the saintly 'Cure of Ars' whom we will especially recall during the imminent Year for Priests"... [fromVIS 090612 (470)]


Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Long live our Holy Father. I do get these, they're beautiful reflections. Slowly but surely things are turning in the right direction. Please pray for me, soon I'll be heading to the Diocese of Great Falls/Billings to discern diocsean priesthood.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Thank you for writing! Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to the blogspot and see your message.

Thank you for letting me, and everyone who stops by here, know that you will be going away to discern diocesan priesthood.

You'll be getting prayers from everyone here, including me.

God bless you, Joe!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Tonight, June 19,2009, Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Solemn High Mass
St.Victor's, West Hollywood

9:37 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for the alert. You were good to send it. Sorry I didn't see it in time. Please keep sending alerts, if you can!

8:50 PM  

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