Thursday, March 02, 2006

- St John Vianney "Sacrament of Holy Orders"

In a time where not only has Rome lost the faith but many of the parish Priests have been reduced to participants, administrators or just simply considered irrelevant, it is time to re-read the words of St. John Vianney (Patron Saint of Priests).

The priest is not a priest himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you. After God, the priest is everything. Leave a parish twenty years without priests; they will worship beasts.If the missionary Father and I were to go away, you would say
"What can we do in this church? there is no Mass; Our Lord is no longer there: we may as well pray at home."

When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any sacrafice there is no religion.

When the bell calls you to church, if you were asked, "Where are you going?" you might answer, "I am going to feed my soul." If someone were to ask you, pointing to the tabernacle "What is that Golden door?" "That is our storehouse, where the true food of our souls is kept." "Who has the key? Who lays in the provisions? Who makes ready the feast, and who serves the table?" "The priest." "And what is the Food?" "The precious Body and Blood of Our Lord." O God! O God! how thou hast loved us!

See the power of the priest; out of a piece of bread the word of a priest makes a God. It is more than creating the wolrd. Someone said "Does St. Philomena, then obey the Cure of Ars?" Indeed, she may well obey him, since God obeys him.

If I were to meet a priest and an Angel, I should salute the priest before I salute the Angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds HIs Place.


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