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The Catholic Mama

Nov 30, 2018

In this mini-episode, Christine discusses the last of the Seven Sacred Sacraments: The Sacrament of Holy Orders.

In regards to the purpose of this sacrament, St. Gregory says it most beautifully: "We must begin by purifying ourselves before purifying others; we must be instructed to be able to instruct, become light to illuminate, draw close to God to bring him close to others, be sanctified to sanctify, lead by the hand and counsel prudently. I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and to where we strive. I know God's greatness and man's weakness, but also his potential. [Who then is the priest? He is] the defender of truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ's priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God's image, recreates it for the world on high and, even greater, is divinized and divinizes. And the holy Cure of Ars: "The priest continues the work of redemption on earth. . . . If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love. . . . The Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. (CCC 1581)

Listen to this 7 minute episode to learn more about the Church's teachings on the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

To read more about what the Catholic Church says about the Sacred Sacraments, purchase your own copy of the Catholic Catechism here.

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