Sacraments

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Holy Orders

Our parishioners know that the priest is not ordained for his family or friends alone.  No!  The priest “taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Hebrews 5:1).  The honor bestowed upon the priest is honor bestowed upon the whole Catholic people out of whose midst he is taken.  As Venerable Fulton J. Sheen stated: "the priest is not his own".

For young men who may be called to the priesthood, please consider the following pages:

Religious orders within the Springfield, MA Diocese:

Traditional religious orders:

 

The Baltimore Catechism states: "A vocation is God’s call: 'What would God prefer me to be?' — not 'What would I prefer to be?'"  The big obstacle is selfishness, lack of generosity with God in little things: frequent Communion, daily Rosary, obedience, kindness to others we don’t like, etc.  Selfishness in little things results in selfishness concerning one’s vocation. 'Many are called, but few are chosen' (Matthew 22, 14). Pray daily and seek the advice of a priest to know your vocation."

What is the Priesthood of Jesus Christ?

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DISCERNMENT PRAYERS:

St. Ignatius: "Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, Lord, I return it. All is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only Your love and Your grace. That is enough for me."

St. Ignatius: "Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to look for any reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will."

St. Francis: "Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge that I may carry out Your Holy and true command. Amen."

Father Charles de Foucauld: "Father, I abandon myself into your hands: do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it you you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father."

St. Augustine: "Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee, and desire nothing save only Thee. Let me hate myself and love Thee. Let me do everything for the sake of Thee. Let me humble myself and exalt Thee. Let me think of nothing except Thee. Let me die to myself and live in Thee. Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee. Let me banish self and follow Thee, and ever desire to follow Thee. Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee, that I may deserve to be defended by Thee. Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee, and let me among those who are chosen by Thee. Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee. Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee. Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee, and let me be poor because of Thee. Look upon me, that I may love Thee. Call me that I may see Thee, and for ever enjoy Thee. Amen."

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RECOMMENDED READING:

  • The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

  • The Priest is Not His Own by Ven. Fulton Sheen​

  • The Priesthood in Union with Christ by Fr. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange

  • Christ the Ideal of the Priest by Abbot Marmion

  • Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales​

  • True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

  • The Curé of Ars by Francis Trochu

  • Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard

  • Conversation with Christ by Peter Thomas Rohrbach

  • Way of Salvation and Perfection by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

  • St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations by Fr. John Clark, OCD

  • Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

  • The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

  • The Spiritual Life of the Priest by Fr. M. Eugene Boylan, OCSO

  • The Eternal Priesthood by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning

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