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On the Churchís Birthday, Letís Pray for Our Priests (Archbishop Charles Chaput) [Catholic Caucus]
CatholicExchange.com ^ | May 22nd, 2010 | Archbishop Charles Chaput

Posted on 05/24/2010 5:11:06 PM PDT by Salvation

On the Church’s Birthday, Let’s Pray for Our Priests

May 22nd, 2010 by Archbishop Charles Chaput

Ten years ago, as St. John Vianney Theological Seminary opened its doors for the first time, I wrote the following words to the people of our local Church:

“The Church is not just a collection of individuals convened around a sacred text. She is a community — a community rooted both in God’s Word and in sacrament. No matter how many other things bear good fruit for the Gospel in our day, there is no on-going presence of Jesus Christ in the world without the Church; there is no Church without the Eucharist; and there is no Eucharist without the priest. We need priests: good men, well formed; men of joy and courage; men who love Jesus Christ, love the Church and are eager to serve God’s people. And — equally important — we need a community of faith which will foster and encourage these men, and support them as family in their sacrifices.”

I’ve thought about those words many times during this Year for Priests, but especially this month. On May 6, I dedicated a new Spirituality Year residence for men considering the seminary, an effort made possible only by the extraordinary generosity of major lay donors and faithful Catholics across northern Colorado. And on May 15, I had the privilege of ordaining five outstanding men as new priests for our people: Fathers Matthew Book, John Green, David Nix, José María Quera and Michael Rapp. Another five more men educated by St. John Vianney Theological Seminary for other U.S. dioceses will be ordained by their own bishops later this month and in June. Together, our two archdiocesan seminaries — St. John Vianney and Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary — have become a source of new life in the archdiocese, forming a new generation of dedicated priests. These new men will build on the legacy of service created by the scores of good, unselfish priests who lead our parishes today and led our communities in decades past.

It’s never wise or fair to compare one diocese with another. Like any family, each local Church has its own set of unique strengths, resources, problems and challenges. But we can be thankful that God has blessed northern Colorado in a powerful way. At a time when the Church is struggling for many different reasons in some parts of the world, we have a brotherhood of good priests, strong seminaries, committed lay and religious workers, and tens of thousands of generous Catholic families who take their faith seriously and sacrifice to advance the Gospel through the work of the Church. These are tremendous gifts. We should never take them for granted.

I mention this for two reasons. Here’s the first. As we draw toward the close of the Year for Priests next month, we need to remember the many remarkable blessings we already have. The Church always needs renewal and reform because all of us — clergy, lay and religious — are human, and therefore sinners. As the Holy Father has reminded us, we need to be vigilant over our own hearts and actions, and we need to root out evil wherever we find it, including within the Church herself. This is a serious duty. But it’s not ultimately “news.” In fact it’s been the difficult reality of Christian life, to one degree or another, from the time of the Apostles themselves.

Here’s the second reason. As we head toward Pentecost Sunday — the great day of celebration that commemorates the birth of the Church — I ask you all to remember the priests of the archdiocese in your prayers, especially the five men newly ordained. Without the Church, there is no witness of Jesus Christ in the world. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. And without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Please thank God for the priests who serve us; thank Him for sending new priests into the vineyard; and ask Him to surround his Church, his priests and his people with his joy and protection.

 
This article is courtesy of the Denver Catholic Register.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Prayer
KEYWORDS: archbishopchaput; catholic; catholiclist; chaput; priesthood; yearofthepriest
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Continue to pray for all priests through June 19th -- and then continue thereafter too!
1 posted on 05/24/2010 5:11:07 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
Yes, yes, pray (and suffer!) for priests! -- Father Corapi's Virtual Rosary.
2 posted on 05/24/2010 5:13:59 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy; nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
Catholic Prayer Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Prayer Ping List.

3 posted on 05/24/2010 5:31:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Yesterday after Mass they had a brunch for the priests in the hall.It was very nice. Thank you Jesus for your priests!


4 posted on 05/24/2010 5:51:40 PM PDT by johngrace
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To: johngrace; mlizzy

We are having four evenings with a Scriptural Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during the second and third weeks of June to end the Year of the Priest.

My priest will be in Rome as a representative from our Archdiocese! Wowsies! Can’t wait to see his pictures and hear his stories!


5 posted on 05/24/2010 5:57:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
My priest will be in Rome as a representative from our Archdiocese! Wowsies! Can’t wait to see his pictures and hear his stories!
I can't wait to see the pics too!
6 posted on 05/24/2010 7:31:16 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

We won’t see his, but I’m sure we will see lots of pictures of all the priests there!

What an experience!


7 posted on 05/24/2010 7:55:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Archbishop Chaput lost all credibility when he defended CCHD last fall. When even the “conservative” bishops support the foul deeds of their left-wing brothers, I think it’s fair to say that the American Church leadership is in de facto schism.


8 posted on 05/24/2010 8:59:06 PM PDT by schmootman
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To: schmootman; Religion Moderator
Are you a Catholic?

This is a Catholic Caucus thread.


Guidelines for Catholic Caucus Threads


9 posted on 05/24/2010 9:31:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: schmootman

I just checked your postings — you seem to really have something against CCHD.

But this thread is about priests, praying and Pentecost. Perhaps you could stick to the subject.


10 posted on 05/24/2010 9:35:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

You posted to History, your mistake.


11 posted on 05/24/2010 9:37:15 PM PDT by dila813
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To: dila813

This thread is posted in the Religion Forum.


12 posted on 05/24/2010 9:38:18 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: Religion Moderator

History = History of religion, religion and secular history, tradition, sacred texts.

History is without debate and can’t be answered?

Just because you are posting in the Religion Forum doesn’t mean anything.

Also:
apologetics = Defense of doctrine.

If you don’t want a response from the general freepers that follow the rules you have for your Catholic Caucus, don’t use these.

Both of these infer you want a response outside of what you just posted.

Also, when posting a thread, put your rules in your original post. This will keep conflict down on the forum.


13 posted on 05/24/2010 9:46:20 PM PDT by dila813
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To: dila813
History is a topic within the Religion Forum.

Click here for guidelines pertaining to the Religion Forum.

Leave the thread.

14 posted on 05/24/2010 9:53:06 PM PDT by Religion Moderator
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To: dila813

The original post talks about the birthday of the Catholic Church — that is history. Straight from the Bible referenced at Pentecost.

As to the apologetics, explaining part of that is what apologetics is.

Thanks for your input and welcome to the Religion forum.


15 posted on 05/24/2010 10:02:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The point is that when bishops betray the Church, they lose credibility even when they preach the Truth. Yes, I’m a Catholic and yes, I do have something against CCHD. It is thoroughly corrupt, and the evidence is overwhelming. http://www.reformcchdnow.com/

Yet, 95% of the Bishops continue to support it. Until Catholic pew-sitters recognize that the American Church has been high-jacked by socialists(and worse), the corruption will just grow and grow.


16 posted on 05/25/2010 4:56:38 AM PDT by schmootman
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To: schmootman
Archbishop Chaput lost all credibility when he defended CCHD last fall.

Does it follow then that we should not pray for priests?

Furthermore, does it follow that just because he has lost credibility in your eyes that he should no longer attempt to fulfill the duties of his office to strengthen the brethren?

Last time I checked, he is still an Apostle of the Church, imperfect as he is, yet conformed to Our Lord Jesus Christ by virtue of his ordination and consecration.

17 posted on 05/25/2010 11:10:29 AM PDT by Carolina (Adoro te devote latens Deitas)
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To: schmootman
Until Catholic pew-sitters recognize that the American Church has been high-jacked by socialists(and worse), the corruption will just grow and grow.

All the more are we called to pray, no? If the faithful aren't praying, then, yes, corruption grows. With prayer, room for the Holy Spirit to act grows. Without prayer and acquiescence to despair or cynicism, then the enemy wins.

18 posted on 05/25/2010 11:12:59 AM PDT by Carolina (Adoro te devote latens Deitas)
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"Archbishop Chaput lost all credibility..."

Archbishop Charles Chaput is the real deal. If you find you are at odds with what he says you need to reassess YOUR positions.

19 posted on 05/25/2010 12:06:29 PM PDT by Natural Law
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To: Carolina

I can’t argue with what you say about prayer, but I refuse to give credibility to bishops who are betraying the Church. Yes, we should pray, but we should also seek the Truth.

I take every chance I can to show the extreme degree of betrayal by our bishops. Every time I do, I get accusations that I’m not a Catholic, or worse. Never once has anyone in this group rebutted the facts of my assertions. See my post on Cardinal George on this page. If you pass this off as “imperfection” you better double your prayer time.

Oh, and by the way. I’m sure you would agree that the Mass is the perfect prayer. Follow my link to Father Pfleger’s sacrilegious Eucharistic Prayer, and then come back and lecture me about prayer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjMWbQ7UXOE


20 posted on 05/25/2010 12:11:34 PM PDT by schmootman
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