The Happy Priest: Celebrating the Gift of Priesthood
affirms to Saint Timothy to "preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching" (2 Timothy 4: 2).
My prayer is that I may persevere until that day when the Lord, who called me to follow him as his priest, calls me to be with him in eternal rest. On that day, I too wish to proclaim with Saint Paul: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4: 7).
Twenty five years of priesthood have been filled with many consolations. The greatest of all of them all has been the loving presence of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Through all these years, Mary has always been there to comfort me and to urge me on to fulfill my mission until the end. I long to see her one day in heaven. When we embrace and kiss, the suffering of the cross will give way to the bliss of the resurrection.
Twenty five years ago I stood before the beautiful image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to receive the indescribable gift of the Catholic priesthood. Twenty five years later, I stand once again before Our Lady of Guadalupe to praise God with a prayer of thanksgiving for these amazing years as a Catholic priest.
"To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek him the greatest adventure, to find him the greatest human achievement."
Father James Farfaglia is a contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics. He is the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located in Corpus Christi, TX. You can visit him on the web at www.fatherjames.org.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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