A clear test….

Folks who read blogs don’t always know too much about the person whose writings they have taken the time to read.  You can always find out a little something on an “About” page. Here is mine. I am a Franciscan friar and an ordained Catholic priest.  It is who I am.

Speaking at the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica yesterday, Pope Francis gave “a clear test” of the meaning of ordained priesthood.

A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed. This is a clear test. When our people are anointed with the oil of gladness, it is obvious: for example, when they leave Mass looking as if they have heard good news. Our people like to hear the Gospel preached with “unction”, they like it when the Gospel we preach touches their daily lives, when it runs down like the oil of Aaron to the edges of reality, when it brings light to moments of extreme darkness, to the “outskirts” where people of faith are most exposed to the onslaught of those who want to tear down their faith. People thank us because they feel that we have prayed over the realities of their everyday lives, their troubles, their joys, their burdens and their hopes. And when they feel that the fragrance of the Anointed One, of Christ, has come to them through us, they feel encouraged to entrust to us everything they want to bring before the Lord: “Pray for me, Father, because I have this problem”, “Bless me”, “Pray for me” – these words are the sign that the anointing has flowed down to the edges of the robe, for it has turned into prayer. The prayers of the people of God. When we have this relationship with God and with his people, and grace passes through us, then we are priests….

Pray for me that I may be a priest who strives to daily pass this “clear test.”

1 thought on “A clear test….

  1. He hasn’t been Pope very long and already I love to read each of his sermons. They are so down to earth and sincere! Thank you for your service to Our Lord and you will be in my prayers. Have a blessed Easter!

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