PRIEST OF CHRIST
First Printed: 02-16-15
Declared Venerable by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on December 20, 1999, Concepción Cabrera de Armida (Conchita), (1862-1937), born in Mexico, in a very pious Catholic family, was a married woman, mother of nine children, foundress of the five Works of the Cross and great mystic of the Mexican Church.
"The priest does not live for himself alone, but for others, for souls. All his powers and all his graces are for them: for them should be his time, his prayers, his desires, his sacrifices, his life. He is the servant of his brothers, like the Son of Man who did not come to be served." Archbishop Luis M. Martinez, Only Jesus.
Pope Francis called on the world's priests to bring the healing power of God's grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be "shepherds living with the smell of the sheep" so that people can sense the priest is not just concerned with his own congregation, but is also a fisher of men.
"Dear priests of every country and every culture, our task is to tend the flock God entrusted to us, not by constraint but willingly, not as domineering over those in our charge, but by setting them an example. This is our mission at the service of the Christian people. May Mary, Mother of our priesthood, help us." Saint John Paul II.
The priesthood is not simply 'office' but sacrament: God makes use of us poor men in order to be, through us, present to all men and women, and to act on their behalf. This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead - this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word 'priesthood'." Pope Benedict XVI
Book: 427 pages
Prod. Code: 1374-7