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This was, for example, the experience of the prophet Jeremiah: The positive factors themselves need to be subjected to dsbo careful work of discernment, so that they do not become isolated and contradict one another, becoming absolutes and at odds with one another.

He, “the great shepherd of the sheep” Heb.

O Lord, may they fulfill the ministry of the second degree of priesthood received from you, adbo by their example may they lead all to upright conduct of life. Poverty alone ensures that the priest remains available to be sent wherever his work will be most useful and needed even at the cost of personal sacrifice. In the more specifically religious and Christian sphere, ideological prejudice and the violent rejection of the message of spiritual and religious values are crumbling and there are arising new and unexpected possibilities of evangelization and the rebirth of ecclesial life descadgar many parts of the world.

He calls them to pastorss your holy people in love, nourish them by your word and strengthen them through the sacraments. The essential content of this pastoral charity is the gift of self, the total gift of self to the Church, following the example of Christ.

The “today” to which Jesus refers, precisely because it belongs vobus and defines the “fullness of time,” the time of full and definitive salvation, indicates the time of the Church.

It is the task of the bishop or the competent superior not only to examine the suitability and the vocation of the candidate pastorfs also to recognize it. Moreover, his awareness of belonging to the one presbyterate will be an incentive for the priest to commit himself to promoting both a more equitable distribution of goods among his fellow priests and a certain common use of goods cf. Sit amoris officium pascere dominicum gregem.

Instead it always comes about in the Church and through the Church because, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, “God has willed to make men holy and save them, not as individuals without any bond or link between them, but rather to make them into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness.

The priest ought to be the first “believer” in the word, while being fully aware that the words of his ministry are not “his,” but those of the One who sent him. Growth in the love of Jesus Christ determines in turn the growth of love for the Church: As the Council points out, “the spiritual gift which priests have received in ordination does not prepare them merely for a limited and circumscribed mission, but for the fullest, in fact the universal, mission of salvation to the end of the earth.


It is within the Church’s mystery, as a mystery of Trinitarian communion in missionary tension, that every Christian identity is revealed, and likewise the specific identity of the priest and his ministry. The relation between a priest’s spiritual life and the exercise of his ministry can also be explained on the basis of the pastoral charity bestowed by the sacrament of holy orders. Thus, the emergence and development of priestly vocations among boys, adolescents and young men are continually under pressure and facing obstacles.

By virtue of this consecration brought about by the outpouring of the Spirit in the sacrament of holy orders, the spiritual life of the priest is marked, molded and characterized by the way of thinking and acting proper to Jesus Christ, head and shepherd of the Church, and which are summed up in his pastoral charily. In this context it is difficult not only to respond fully to a vocation to the priesthood but even to understand its very meaning as a special witness to the primacy of “being” over “having,” and as a recognition that the significance of life consists in a free and responsible giving of oneself to others, a willingness to place oneself entirely at the Service of the Gospel and the kingdom of God as a priest.

The internal principle, the force which animates and guides the spiritual life of the priest inasmuch as he is configured to Christ the head and shepherd, is pastoral charity, as a participation in Jesus Christ’s own pastoral charity, a gift freely bestowed by the Holy Spirit and likewise a task and a call which demand a free and committed response on the part of the priest.

Thus we see how difficult it is to present young people with a full and penetrating experience of Christian and ecclesial life and to educate them in it. In this regard the Council teaches that “the spiritual gift which priests received at their ordination prepares them not for any limited or narrow mission but for the widest scope of the universal mission of salvation ‘to the end of the earth’ Acts 1: In this case, many young people undergo an affective experience which, instead of contributing to a harmonious and joyous growth in personality which opens them outward in an act of self – giving, becomes a serious psychological and ethical process of turning inward toward self, a situation which cannot fail to have grave consequences on them in the future.

On the contrary, the priest’s relationship with his bishop in the one presbyterate, his sharing in the bishop’s ecclesial concern and his devotion to the evangelical care of the People of God in the specific historical and contextual conditions of a particular Church are elements which must be taken into account in sketching the proper configuration of the priest and his spiritual life.

It is a “challenge” which is linked to a “call” which God causes to sound in the historical situation itself. This “mystery” seeks expression in the priestly life.



A restriction of this sort is not possible, given the very nature both of the particular church 87 and of the priestly ministry.

In accordance with St. He first found his brother, Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ which means Christ. Only the person who knows how to obey in Christian really able to require obedience from others in accordance with the Gospel. For this reason the synod considered it necessary to summarize the nature and mission of the ministerial priesthood, as the Church’s faith has acknowledged them down the centuries of its history and as the Second Vatican Council has presented them anew to the people of our day.

This name “Spirit of the Lord” is “upon” the entire People of God, which becomes established as a people “consecrated” to God and “sent” by God to announce the Gospel of salvation.

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It makes special demands on us. Already in Octoberthe first general ordinary assembly of the synod devoted five general congregations to the subject of the renewal of seminaries. The latter, while excluding no one from the proclamation and gift of salvation, will assist him in gently approaching the poor, sinners and all those on the margins of society, following the model given by Jesus in carrying out his prophetic and priestly ministry cf.

Instead of being understood as obedience to objective and universal truth, freedom is lived out as a blind acquiescence to instinctive forces and to an individual’s will to power. This was the precise purpose of the synod. In these words we find the meaning of vocation. This is how the evangelist relates the call of Andrew and Peter: Their mission is not theirs but is the same mission of Jesus.

Added to these factors, and closely linked with the growth of individualism, is the phenomenon of subjectivism in matters of faith.

She knows that Jesus Christ himself is the living, supreme and definitive fulfillment of God’s promise: Therefore, since every priest in his own way represents the person of Christ himself, he is endowed with a special grace. Jesus is the true bridegroom who offers to the Church the wine of salvation cf. It is especially important that the priest understand the theological motivation of the Church’s law on celibacy. Therefore, every ministerial action – while it leads to loving and serving the Church – provides an incentive to grow in ever greater love and service of Jesus Christ the head, shepherd and spouse of the Church, a love which is always a response to the free and unsolicited love of God in Christ.