A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope

A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope

by Alfred McBride
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ISBN-13: 9780867169546
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
mc76NYC More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by a resepcted priest on nine aspects or signs in the life of the Catholic priesthood. It is written in a plain, yet informative and enjoyable style.
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McBride introduces his latest book with a scene from the Gospel of John (20:12-19) in which Jesus asks Peter three times for a declaration of love. After each of Peter's assurances, Jesus commands, "Feed my people." That simple dialogue summarizes the purpose of A Priest Forever, whose nine chapters touch on ways a priest loves God and humans. Topics include staying close to Jesus, Catholic social teaching, priestly identity, devotion to Mary and chaste living. A chapter on preaching begins with an overview of Peter's first sermon, delivered on Pentecost and containing what McBride describes as all the elements of a homily: It "led the listeners to repentance, faith, and salvation and the reception of the sacrament of baptism and life in the Holy Spirit." McBride sees the purpose of homilies today as leading people to "receive the Eucharist with faith, repentant hearts, and a resolve to live as bread is broken for others and wine poured out in love, justice, and mercy." Referring to a 2008 address on homilies by Cardinal William Levada, McBride explains the importance of both the meaning of scripture (exegesis) and its application to life (hermeneutics). Levada emphasized the need for homilists to relate the word to liturgy and community life and to include catechetical aims and moral applications. The cardinal also called upon homilists to teach the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: the profession of faith, the celebration of Christian mystery, the life of Christ, and Christian prayer. McBride supports the homilist's addressing needs of the people, but warns against neglecting their greatest need, faith. "Our people need to hear the homilist articulate the faith early and often," he writes. In the chapter on prayer, McBride includes a quotation from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen on spending an hour every day in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, a practice he began shortly before his ordination. Sheen's goal was to develop a deeper personal union with Christ. He found that the hour allowed enough time to shake off worldly distractions and to "catch fire in prayer," which he said can take some time. The spirit of the holy hour was to ask the Lord to speak rather than to listen. In the his conclusion, McBride cites the priesthood's unique capacity for renewal. He writes of increased numbers of seminarians and ordinations, of priests who appear to be "more confident and less morose about their identity." He reminds others of Christ's great love for priests: "We mean a lot to him. The Good Shepherd is bringing us back."