Saturday, July 12, 2008
"Be models...masters of prayer."
Pope To Priests At Brindisi . . . "Be Models...Masters Of Prayer"
BRINDISI, Italy ( CNA) — Pope Benedict wrapped up his weekend visit to the Archdiocese of Brindisi- Ostuni by speaking to a gathering of all the priests, deacons, and seminarians of the archdiocese. Being a good priest, the Pope said on June 15, requires that one become a “master of prayer.”
As he spoke to the clergy in Brindisi’s St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Holy Father told them that, to ensure “your faith is always strong and vigorous, it is important, as you well know, to nourish it with assiduous prayer. Be, then, models of prayer, become masters of prayer.”
Benedict XVI then reflected on how the entirety of a priest’s ministry flows from his prayer.
“ The moment of prayer is the most important moment in a priest’s life, the moment in which divine grace acts most effectively, making his ministry fruitful. Prayer is the first service to be offered to the community,” he said.