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Deny yourself in the Blood of Christ crucified; drink deeply of the blood; fill yourself with the Blood; vest yourself in the Blood. If you have been unfaithful, be baptized again in the Blood; if the devil has clouded your intellectual vision, bathe your eyes in the blood; if you have been unappreciative of unrecognized gifts, be grateful in the Blood; if you have been a lax shepherd, forgetful of the rod of justice tempered with prudence, undo that in the Blood…In the heat of the Blood dissipate your tepidity. In the light of the Blood banish your darkness, so that you may be the spouse of the Truth and the true shepherd and guardian of the flock placed in your hands.

St. Catherine of Siena’s advice to Priests

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St. Catherine of Siena's advice to priests is equally applicable to all. Her words are a reminder of the power of the blood to heal, forgive, and renew. As a Precious Blood Companion I find that the words help me in my quest for a greater love for the Blood of Christ and a greater apprciation for what the Blood does for me.

Applicable to all, certainly.

Applicable to priests a fortiori.

In the Eucharistic assembly, the celebrant has an undeniably unique and intimate relationship to the Eucharist. Devotion to prayer and to the Eucharist is really a matter of life and death for priests and their ministry. I once heard a priest say that many if not most of those priests who have left the active ministry had let their prayer life wither away.

Verbum sapienti! Caveat Presbyter.

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This page contains a single entry by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. published on April 29, 2004 5:54 AM.

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