I Call You Friends: The Priesthood: Merciful Love

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LiturgyTrainingPublications, 2004 - Religion - 194 pages
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This inspirational and timely collection of reflections is primarily intended for priests. Each brief selection provides insights and encouragement to those living out their call to the priesthood. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Chapter Page 1 Ordained To Be With Christ and To Be Sent Out
1
Response to the Commandment of Love
7
Being Together
12
In Our Identity and Mission We Are Not Alone
17
Who Are the Workers?
21
Gift and Mystery
24
Fulfillment and Joy
27
Do You Love Me? Feed My Lambs Tend My Sheep
32
Near the Cross of Jesus
90
Our Face Set toward Jerusalem
94
So That Sins May Be Forgiven
98
Marked by Hope and Joy Suffering and Pain
101
A Call to Integrity A Call to Holiness
105
The Most Exquisite Form of Love
110
What Does Jesus Mean to You? What Do You Mean
113
Have No Fear
116

To Evangelize and To Be Evangelized
36
Free to Lay Down Our Lives
41
Ministry of Merciful Love
44
The Love of Christs Heart Explains Our Life
47
The Word of God
51
Our Young Priest Brothers
56
We Need the Eucharist We Need Priests
61
Do You Realize What He Has Done for You?
66
The Triumph of the Cross
71
Faith in the Loving Mercy of Our High Priest
76
Gods Greatest Work in Us
81
Lord Make Us Holy Men
84
Our Vision of Evangelization Transforms Us
87
Offering Ourselves with Christ to the Father
122
Generous Celibate Love
125
The Joy of Building the Civilization of Love
127
Addresses to Bishops 33 A Shepherds Care
131
Living Signs of Jesus ChristAlways with Mary
136
Strong and Unbreakable as the Sign of the Cross
140
In the Company of Mary
145
Servants of Truth and Teachers of Faith
149
The Bishop and the Promotion of Vocations
155
The Bishop and the Pastoral Care of Seminarians
172
Identity and Spirituality of Priests and Bishops
184
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Justin Cardinal Rigali was born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1935 and was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles on April 25, 1961. He obtained a doctorate in Canon Law in 1964 and then served at the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar. In July 1967, he was named a Papal Chamberlain (Monsignor) to His Holiness Pope Paul VI. He also accompanied Pope John Paul II on a number of international pastoral visits, including the Holy Father's first two major journeys to the United States in 1979 and 1987. On January 25, 1994, Pope John Paul II appointed him the eighth Bishop and seventh Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri. In January of 1999, he hosted the Pastoral Visit of Pope John Paul II to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the only such visit to a single diocese in the United States during the pontificate. In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Archbishop Rigali as the twelfth Bishop and eighth Archbishop of Philadelphia and he was named a Cardinal on September 28, 2003.

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