Defender of Priest

The Curé of Ars said that “The priesthood is the love of the Sacred Heart”. For by this Sacred Office the Sacrament of the Eucharist is being perpetuated throughout the world. Then, we should guard the priest whom offers us the Sacraments— the stairway to heaven. Priesthood is a privilege God shared to humanity and St. Pedro defended this cause because he knew that this is a precious gift and must be cherished by all faithful.

“To believe is to see”, St. Augustine said. It is only through the eyes of faith that we can clearly see the Lord truly present in the priest “in or out” the liturgical celebration because they fully represent Christ to the world. Moreover, St. Pedro never failed in doing all these things because he had a great reverence and devotion to the priesthood. “O, how great is the priest! … If he realized what he is, he would die”, St. John Mary Vianney said and because of this St. Pedro died since he realized these things in his heart and he had imbibed the spirit of genuine faith, the fruit of his contemplation.

Saint Josemaria Escriva said, “To love God and not venerate his Priests… is not possible”. In addition to this, St. John the Evangelist said, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar.” If we really believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is present in the priest, we should be the first to defend their dignity even if they acting otherwise because still they are totally consecrated to God. St. Pedro never had a second thought of escaping because he knew the dignity of the priesthood, the value that it contained and the sacredness of its Office. The Lord said, “Whatever you did for the least of my brethren You did it to me” and priests are more than that for they are our elder brothers in Faith and to defend them is doing something great before God. The Defender of Priest, St. Pedro Calungsod, tangibly showed it to the world. For he believed what St. John Mary Vianney said about priest, “The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods.”

Amen!

Ave Maria! +

by Crisanto Ma. Camacho (KNMC)

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