As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." And to another he said, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But he answered him,
"Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."
The man who is ordained receives a gift of the Holy Spirit that gives him a sacred authority that is conferred upon him by Christ through the bishop. (1538)
Being a priest does not mean just assuming an office or a ministry. Through Holy Orders a priest receives as a gift a definite power and a mission for his brothers and sisters in faith.
In my experience, priestly service to God gives meaning and brings joy and strength when one dedicates one's whole life to Jesus Christ. When I tried to escape from my ministry, in search of my own pleasure or in the temptation to have a relationship with a woman, everything went wrong. If my priesthood is to have any meaning as a gift of the Holy Spirit, it is only when I look up to Jesus every day and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him."
Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
A person becomes prudent by learning to distinguish what is essential from what is non-essential, to set the right goals and to choose the best means of attaining them. (1806, 1835)
The virtue of prudence directs all the other virtues. For prudence is the ability to recognize what is right. After all, someone who wants to lead a good life must know what the "good" is and recognize its worth. Like the merchant in the Gospel "who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it" (Mt 13,46). Only a prudent person can apply the virtues of justice, fortitude, and moderation so as to do good.
There is nothing more beautiful than being found by the gospel, by Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than knowing him and giving others friendship with him.
An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.
Jesus realized the intention of their hearts and took a child and placed it by his side and said to them, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest." Then John said in reply, "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company." Jesus said to him, "Do not prevent him, for whoever is not against you is for you."
An example: In keeping with the principle of subsidiarity, it cannot be the State's task to raise children, because that would take away from parents a task that has belonged to them from the beginning. Rather, in the given circumstances (living conditions, work, and educational opportunities), the State should give families all the necessary assistance. Here it is important to preserve real freedom of choice, for instance, with regard to parental cooperation in dividing up the work of caring for the family and earning a living. The special function of the family in communicating knowledge and the formation of the children can be replaced neither through day care and schools nor through other societal groups, although these institutions can help to support and supplement parental education. The principle of subsidiarity emphasizes at the same time the autonomy of every person and of families. This means that families themselves can and should become involved in political and societal institutions and also join together to stand up for their rights and to strengthen them.
God's Son became man so that men can become children of God.
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