Priests Today

Reflections on Identity, Life, and Ministry
by: Michael Mulvey and Brendan Leahy (eds.)
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SKU 978-1-56548-346-0
ISBN Number: 978-1-56548-346-0
Page Count: 120
Format: Paperback
Book of reflections that open windows onto aspects of spirituality and pastoral ministry that encourage and prompt renewal.

For many priests today, the sense of challenge is great. Perhaps as never before, priests, "ministers of the sacred," and indeed all members of the Church, need from time to time to help one another rediscover the spark of inspiration and enthusiasm that lies at the heart of priestly ministry and life.

In this book of reflections, we have chosen texts that we believe open windows onto aspects of spirituality and pastoral ministry that encourage and prompt renewal. What lies behind our selection is the conviction that it is above all in a life of communion with others, understood and lived out in a robust spirituality of communion, that priests can find new hope and strength as they interrelate with their parishioners, with their brother priests, with their bishops and with all who pass them by, moment by moment, in their life and ministry.

Includes reflections by: Saint Augustine, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Benedict XVI, Helder Camara, Avery Dulles, Richard R. Gaillardetz, Gregory the Great, Basil Hume, John Paul II, Chiara Lubich, Karl Rahner, Fulton Sheen, Edith Stein, Mother Teresa, Jean Marie Vianney, and many others.

Bishop says this movement can help heal America’s wounds

You were deeply formed by the Focolare movement as a young person. Especially for those who aren’t familiar with the movement, can you say something about how it formed you into the Christian and bishop you are today?

"The spirituality of the Focolare is rooted in several key elements of the Gospel, not the least of which is “Father, may all be one….” (John 17:21). When brought together, these became guiding principles for the spirituality of communion.

These evangelical principles came to light through living just one sentence of the Gospel each day, and sharing the experiences of the day. This simple evangelical method motivated Chiara Lubich and the original group to live as brothers and sisters.

Looking back on my experience of almost forty years, I see that this initial inspiration to live the Gospel in this simple manner has been a means of personal evangelization for me as a Christian, a priest and now a bishop.

Being rooted in the gospel each day has given life to my entire Christian experience..."

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About the Author

Most Rev. Brendan Leahy is currently (May 2016) Bishop of Limerick, Ireland. Formerly professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he is a von Balthasar scholar and an ecumenist and has authored articles and books on interreligious dialogue, issues facing the Church in the 21st century, the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II, renewal in the Church, charisms, and the priesthood.

Most. Rev. Michael Mulvey is currently (May 2016) Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born in Houston in 1949, and did his theological studies in Rome in the 1970s.

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Price $9.95
Author Michael Mulvey and Brendan Leahy (eds.)
Publication Date Feb 16, 2010
Format Paperback
Page Count 120