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Stewards of God's Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church [Paperback]

By Paul J. Philibert (Author), Melvin Blanchette (Author) & Daniel E. Danielson (Author)
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Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.16" Width: 7.02" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814629768  
EAN  9780814629765  


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Priests are stewards of God's mysteries. They teach these mysteries as merciful revelation, celebrate them in the liturgy, invoke them as healing and pardon, and above all, live them as the deepest meaning of their own lives. But it is one mystery-the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ-that shapes and sustains priests' spiritual lives. Stewards of God's Mysteries considers how priests participate in the dying and rising of their Lord through challenges and joys that are rooted in our changing culture, in the growing diversity of our Catholic world, and in the demands of their own ministry. Designed as a study text addressing the life of both diocesan and religious clergy, these pages contain reflection questions for priests and clergy study groups to help them experience deeper joy in their lives and ministry.

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Priests are stewards of God's mysteries. They teach these mysteries as merciful revelation, celebrate them in the liturgy, invoke them as healing and pardon, and above al, live them as the deepest meaning of their own lives. But it is one mystery - the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ - that shapes and sustains priests' spiritual lives.

"Stewards of God's Mysteries" considers how priests participate in the dying and rising of their Lord through challenges and joys that are rooted in our changing culture, in the growing diversity of our Catholic world, and in the demands of their own ministry. Designed as a study text addressing the life of both diocesan and religious clergy, these pages contain reflection questions for priests and clergy study groups to help them experience deeper joy in their lives and ministry.

Chapters include The Cultural Context for Ordained Ministry Today," *Christ's Priesthood Lived Through the Paschal Mystery, - *The Shape of Ordained Ministry Today, - *Transformation Through Discipleship, - *The Practices of the Spiritual Life, - and *A Fresh Cal to Renewal. -

"Pal J. Philibert, OP, STD, PhD, is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Church and Society at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. ""

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paul Philibert, O.P., S.T.D., is professor of pastoral theology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and is distinguished visiting professor of church and society at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Stewards of God's Mysteries: Priestly Spirituality in a Changing Church, published by Liturgical Press.

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STEWARDS OF THE GOD'S MYSTERIES  Jun 2, 2008
The object of this study is exemplary--to help Catholic priests develop and sustain a spiritual depth sufficient to struggle valiantly with the rigorous demands inflicted by their service to humanity. The demands are undeniable; the priest shortage, overwork, societal challenges of a consumer driven attitudes, shifting demographics that disrupt or destroy the traditions of parochial stability, loneliness, the requirements of sustaining celibacy, and more.

Two of the three main authors are dedicated and devote priests, gay oriented scholars, who pool their theological and psychological expertise to build on the remarkable and durable document The Spiritual Renewal of the American Priesthood issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1973.

Skillfully they draw on some the most profound sources of reflection on the priesthood written since that study came out--Ray Brown from a biblical perspective, Philip Murnion and Dean Hoge with sociological insight, numerous pronouncements of the US bishops and recent popes including encyclicals of Paul VI, Evanglii Nuntiandi and John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis

It is written in a form intended to foster discussion and perhaps it succeeded. It has been my experience that just getting priests together to talk about serious personal and spiritual issues can be productive. But the book is self-defeating in three respects. It veers to the "mystagogical dimension of priesthood and celibacy" that is--the unreasonable, unnatural, and excessive. (P.54) Rather than making priesthood and celibacy more understandable, reasonable, and naturally attainable and within the reach of dedicated men, it casts them into the ethereal realm of dream, an area of the mind vulnerable to discouragement and defeat. It perpetuates the myth that priests are "like angels," an attitude inimical to the meaning of practical priestly service and one infectious with clericalism.
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