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St John Vianney – A Reflection on Priesthood

Our culture makes us want to know who we are.  It commands us to ‘be ourselves’, to be the masters and makers of our lives; this is the ultimate freedom.  But the priest is not self-made; all he has, he has received.  This is the mystery at the centre of his life and in every moment he is ‘given’, handed over.  He remains an enigma to himself, a puzzle, because he can never be in command of the sacrament that has now claimed him; the One who has made his home in him.  All he can do is receive himself from the sacrament which is effective in every minute of his life whatever his situation or condition.

Source: Thinkingfaith

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