Catechism on the Priesthood

Congratualtions and Prayers to Father Peter Adamski

Saturday, June 1, Bishop Caggiano ordained our fellow parishioner, Peter Adamski, to the priesthood. What a joy for our parish and for Fr. Peter, who will serve at St. James in Stratford.

St. Jean Vianney, Patron of priests, wrote a brief catechism on the priesthood. It’s fitting for
us to reflect on it in light of this day. Lastly, we offer our congratulations and promise of prayers to Fr. Peter.

Fr. Peter Adamski


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Catechism on the Priesthood
by St. John Vianney


My children, come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and yet relates to everyone….What is a priest? "Go,” said Our Lord to the priest; "as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and
on earth. Go then, teach all nations. . . . He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me." When the priest remits sins, he does not say, "God pardons you"; he says, "I absolve you.” At the Consecration, he does not say, "This is the Body of Our Lord;" he says, "This is My Body."

St. Bernard says everything comes to us through Mary; and we may also say everything comes to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, graces, heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders we would not have Our Lord. Who placed Him in that tabernacle? The
priest. Who received your soul on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing the soul, for the last time, in the blood of Christ? The priest – always the priest.
And if that soul is at the point of death, who will raise it up and restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest….


Go to confession to the Blessed Virgin, or to an angel; will they absolve you? No. Will they give you the Body and Blood of Our Lord? No. The Holy Virgin cannot make her Divine Son descend into the Host. You might have two hundred angels there, but they could not absolve you. A priest, however simple he may be, can do it; he can say to you, "Go in peace; I pardon you.” Oh, how great is a priest! The priest will not understand the greatness of his office till he is in Heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love. The other benefits of God would be of no avail to us without the priest. What would be the use of a house full of gold, if you had nobody to open you the door! The priest has the key of the heavenly treasures; it is he who opens the door; he is the steward of the good God, the distributor of His wealth. Without the priest, the Death and Passion of Our Lord would be
of no avail….

The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you….Leave a parish 20 years without priests; they will worship beasts. If the missionary Father and I were to go away, you would say, "What can we do in this church? There is no Mass; Our Lord is
no longer there: we may as well pray at home. "When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion.

When the bell calls you to church, if you were asked, "Where are you going?" you might answer, "I am going to feed my soul." If someone were to ask you, pointing to the tabernacle, "What is that golden door?" "That is our storehouse, where the true Food of our souls is kept." "Who has the key? Who lays in the provisions? Who makes ready the
feast, and who serves the table?" "The priest." "And what is the Food?" "The precious Body and Blood of Our Lord." O God! how Thou hast loved us! See the power of the priest; out of a piece of bread the word of a priest makes a God….

If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel….When you see a priest, you should say, "There is he who made me a child of God, and opened Heaven to me by holy Baptism; he who purified me after I had sinned; who gives nourishment to my soul." At the sight of a church tower, you may say, "What is there
in that place?" "The Body of Our Lord.” "Why is He there?" "Because a priest has been there, and has said holy Mass."….The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. When you see the priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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