Monday, December 7, 2009

Meditations for the Year of the Priest

Capuchin Friar Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Apostolic Preacher at the Vatican since 1980, will be starting the traditional Friday meditations for Advent in the Papal chapel, Redemptoris Mater, today. The subject of the meditations will be "Ministers of Christ and dispensers of the mystery of God."

Fr. Cantalamessa said that the series will "follow in line with the scope of Holy Father Benedict XVI's designation of the Year of the Priest..."

He said that the the meditations will "shed light on the original identity of 'the spirit of each priesthood,' returning to the foundation among all of the historic tasks and details taken on over the course of the centuries."

He added that the meditations will center around two biblical passages:

"Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. " (1 Corinthians 4:1) 


"Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. " (Hebrews 5:1)



Nothing about politics and about environmental protection...

"to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins."  Hmmm... another nail on the coffin of Liberation Theology and Participative Liturgy?


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