Friday, 12 June 2009

Drawing near

On the eve of the beginning of the Year of the Priest, the Holy Father outlined the profile of the priest, citing a description of Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard (1874-1949), archbishop of Paris during the Second World War: "The eternal paradox of the priest: He has the contraries within himself. He reconciles, at the price of his life, fidelity to God and fidelity to man. He has the air of poverty and powerlessness. He does not have the political means, financial resources, or weapons, which others use to conquer the earth. His power is to be disarmed and 'to be able to do all things in him who gives him strength.'"

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