Angelus of September 18: The priest must be sanctified by the Eucharist.

Source: FSSPX News

 

On September 18 during the Angelus, the pope spoke about the year of the Eucharist, opened on October 17, 2004 by John Paul II, which will end with the ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops organized in Rome between October 2 and 23. “Since the year of the Eucharist is drawing to a close, I would like to take up a particularly important theme (…). My thoughts today are especially with priests, as I would like to stress that the secret of their sanctification is to be found in the Eucharist. That is why the priest must be above all else, someone who worships and contemplates the Eucharist, from the moment he himself celebrates it.” “Of course, we know that the validity of the sacrament does not depend on the sanctity of the celebrant,” but “its efficacy for the priest himself and for others, will be all the stronger if he lives it with a deep faith, an ardent love and a fervent spirit of prayer.”

 Evoking St. John Chrysostom, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and the Curé of Ars, who lived in “daily intimacy” with Christ “in the celebration and the adoration of the Eucharist”, Benedict XVI expressed a desire “that priests might always live and bear witness to this mystery, which is placed in their hands for the salvation of the world.”