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October 26, 2005

St. Gregory on Priesthood

We must begin by purifying ourselves before purifying others; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw close to God to bring him close to others, be sanctified to sanctify, lead by the hand and counsel prudently. I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and to where we strive. I know God's greatness and man's weakness, but also his potential. Who then is the priest? He is the defender of truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ's priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God's image, recreates it for the world on high and, even greater, is divinized and divinizes.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at October 26, 2005 9:16 AM

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Dear Jeff, Thank you for the beautiful texts.
D. Marco

Posted by: Don Marco, o.cist. at October 26, 2005 11:33 AM

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