Christ the Ideal of the Priest

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Gracewing Publishing, 2006 - Priesthood - 398 pages
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The highly acclaimed spiritual writer, Blessed Columba Marmion, wrote this classic work on the priesthood to show the great holiness that priests are called to, and how that holiness can only be attained through close union with, and imitation of, Jesus Christ. While aimed at the clergy, this profound spiritual work will also be of immense inspiration for laity in coming to a deeper understanding of the true nature and calling of the priesthood. Echoing the thought and writing of St Paul, Marmion stresses that the priestly life must be dominated by Christ and in constant dependence on His merits, His grace and His activity in the soul of the priest. In this perspective, the dignity of the priesthood and the work of the priest's santification are understood. In all his actions, in the sacred acts of worship, the adminstration of the sacraments, private prayer and devotions, and serving the various needs of his flock, Marmion says the priest must always see himself as the minister of the Saviour, as 'Alter Christus'. Blessed Columba Marmion was a Benedictine priest in the first half of the twentieth century who wrote several works that are considered spiritual classics, most notably his book 'Christ the life of the Soul', also published by Gracewing in a new translation by Alan Bancroft
 

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This book is a spiritual classic that will provide insights and inspiration to priests, religious, and laity. As a priest, I find it very helpful. Marmion's works deserve much more attention than they have received. His Christ-centered focus with strong scriptural and patristic references make his teaching a source of spiritual refreshment and renewal.  

Contents

Foreword
7
Preface
9
Part I
19
The Priesthood of Christ
21
Christ the Model and the Source of Priestly Sanctity
37
Sacerdos Alter Christus
54
Part II
73
Ex Fide Vivit
75
B In iis quae sunt ad Deum
201
Do this in Memory of Me
203
Sancta Sancte Tractanda
223
The Eucharistic Banquet
238
The Divine Office
255
The Priest a Man of Prayer
275
The Faith of the Priest in the Holy Spirit
296
Sanctification by Means of Ordinary Actions
314

Death to Sin
95
The Sacrament of Penance and the Spirit of Compunction
113
Humiliavit Semetipsum Factus Obediens
131
The Virtue of Religion
147
The Greatest of the Commandments
161
Hoc Est Praeceptum Meum
181
The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Priest
331
The Transfiguration
346
Dom Marmions Life as a Priest
353
Beatification Homily by John Paul II Excerpt
391
Index
393
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