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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Towards a Renewed Priesthood

My dear friend, and spiritual advisor, Canon Arthur Middleton has a book entitled Towards a Renewed Priesthood that is a must read for anyone in the priesthood. In the first chapter 'From Despondency to Conversion' he writes this challenge to priests:
The new and sharp perspective that the Church of today needs can never be the fruit of some special kind of speculation. Rather it must be teh fruit of a deeply lived experience of the mystery of Christ. It is the call to holiness, to God-centred living, which is not anti-world but Kingdom-centred. Response to such a call will require a spirit of penitence in which will grow a discernment and perception of sin. This will not develop by way of debate, but through following the way of the Cross in sacrifice and obedience as one responds to the concrete realities of living. True holiness ensures that human growth and spiritual growth are never separated, and that there is always compassion and forgiveness for the sinner, but never the condoning of sin. p.12

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the book publicly available?

2:47 am  
Blogger Jeff said...

anonymous, you can find used copies on line at abe books. you should be able to find a copy there. gracewing published the book if you want to contact them.

12:07 am  

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