Monday, June 11, 2012

A Wonderful Gift to Encourage Your Parish Priest or a Seminarian @CatholicCompany

The Priest A Bridge to God

The Priest:  A Bridge to God
  • Small Hardcover Volume
  • 128 Pages, English Language
  • Excerpts From the Teachings of Pope Benedict XVI
  • A Perfect Gift For a Parish Priest or Seminarian
  • Suggested Retail Price, $15.95
  • Published by Our Sunday Visitor, March 30, 2012
  • Available for Purchase from The Catholic Company
If you are a Catholic, you are most likely aware that most priests are very overworked and under-appreciated.  Many of our Fathers are working at more than one parish, and seminaries are not exactly bursting at the seams.  The secular world has suddenly decided that they know what is best for the faithful, and sadly, the bad behavior of a few has branded many.

How can we encourage the men who have chosen to devote their lives to God and the Church?  Many of the talks, writings and public addresses of Pope Benedict XVI have touched on this subject.  This book takes some of the most moving excerpts from these works, and combines them in a small meditation book.

There is a foreword by His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, nine chapters, and a closing prayer for priests.  The chapters include the obvious topics, like prayer, and becoming a bridge to God, but they also include the tougher subjects, like why it makes sense to become a priest, how to be a good example, celibacy, suffering, and even the problem of scandal.

This weekend is Father's Day.  If you are looking for a gift for your parish priest, I would definitely recommend this book.  It is a small, but meaningful gesture that could become a great source of comfort.  We turn to our families, our friends, and our priests in times of troubles, but we often forget that these men are human, and need our prayer and support, too.  I think this is a perfect little reminder that you are thinking of him.  It could also serve to lift him up and remind him that he is appreciated.

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