Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sanctity and the Priest

Since it is the Year of the Priest we thought we would post a few spiritual thoughts by Father Ryan, our Founder, on the priesthood.

"It is of extreme necessity that a priest be holy and perfect. This is evident, from the high dignity of his office, his dignity as an “alter Christus”, an imitation and personification of Christ, whose place he takes and who was all-perfect. What then are his obligations as regards sanctity? Namely this, that always no matter how holy and perfect he may think he now is, he must always seek to become more holy and more perfect. For there is no standing still in the spiritual life—the minute he thinks he is holy enough and need not strive for greater sanctity then does he begin to fall back. True, he will be tempted to this—the devil will try to convince him that he is holy enough—that he is no longer obliged to strive and seek perfection—he must be on the watch for this and then act immediately—for the devil is wary and wise and knows how to work on us, little by little to drag us down—until your dying breath then always realize your unworthiness, your dependence on God and keep desiring and praying for and working for a greater degree of holiness. "

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