On the Catholic Priesthood

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Grace of Priesthood

If the Christian priesthood is raised so far above the Jewish in its nature and mode of transmission,
it is also contrasted with the Jewish priesthood in the grace and clemency of its origin. I have stated
that the Jewish priesthood began in the slaughter of sinners; whereas our Lord consecrated the hands
 of the Apostles, not in the blood of sinners, but in His own Precious Blood, about to be shed for sinners,
 when He instituted the most holy Sacrifice and Sacrament of the Altar. Therefore, at the present day the
 hands of the priest are anointed at his ordination with the holy oil, which typifies not justice, but mercy.

For functions such as those of the Christian priest, great graces are required, and great virtues may be
 demanded. We cannot have sinless priest, yet the candidate must be "without crime, holding the mystery
 of the faith in a pure conscience" ( I Tim. iii. 9). Let anyone compare the list of virtues mentioned by
St. Paul in his Epistles to St. Timothy and ST. Titus, with the list of bodily or physical qualities enumerated
 by Moses as necessary for the Jewish priest, if he would understand the difference between the two covenants.

Source: Reapers for the Harvest, a treatise for laymen and women by the Rev. T.E. Bridgett, C.Ss.r.

Friday July 05, 2019

Aspirations for Each Day: July 5

Eternal Father! I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy beloved Son and my divine Redeemer, for all those who shall this day pass to another life, that Thou mayest deliver them from the pains of hell, and admit them the more readily to the possession of Thy Glory.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Blessed and praised for evermore be Jesus, who hath saved us with His Blood!

Thursday July 04, 2019

Aspirations for Each Day: July 4

Eternal Father! I offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy beloved Son and my divine Redeemer, for all my relations, friends and enemies. for the poor, the sick, and those in tribulation, and for all those for whom Thou willest I should prayer, of knowest that I ought to pray.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Blessed and praised for evermore be Jesus who hath saved us with His Blood!

Monday June 17, 2019

Unasnwered Prayer

He asked for strength that he might achieve;
he was made weak  that he might obey.


He asked for health that he might do greater things;

he was given infirmity that he might do better things.


He asked for riches that he might be happy;
he was given poverty that he might be wise.

He asked for power that he might ave the praise of men;
he was given weakness that he might feel the need of God.

He asked for all things that he might enjoy life;
he was given Life that he might enjoy all things.

He has received nothing that he asked for, all that he hoped for. His prayer is answered.
He is most blessed.


Source: St Andrew's Cross, 1922

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