Closeness to God and His people is priest’s life, mission and identity – Cardinal Advincula

As the Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the renewal of its clergy’s commitment this year, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula emphasized the importance of their vocation, especially the value of prayer in their priestly lives.

In his homily for the annual Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral on March 28, he shared his wisdom about priestly prayer as a way of “intimacy with God” and “solidarity with God’s people.”

“For us priests, our prayer life is our love life.  Kaya ang paring walang prayer life ay paring walang love life; at ang taong walang love life ay taong walang life. Ikamamatay ng pari kung hindi siya magdasal at magmahal sa Diyos. Ang paring kulang sa dasal ay paring papatay-patay: kulang sa liwanag, kulang sa lakas, at kulang sa ligaya sa paglilingkod,” the Cardinal pointed out.

“The priesthood is given not primarily to individuals, but to the Church. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.  Therefore, a priest never prays by himself.  Whenever he prays, even in solitude, he prays with God’s praying people, and for God’s praying people.  Ang dasal ng pari ay laging kasama ang bayan ng Diyos, mula sa bayan ng Diyos, at alang-alang sa bayan ng Diyos,” he added.

The archbishop of Manila also emphasized that their closeness to God and His people are their “very mission, life and identity” and, at the same time, asked the faithful to continue praying for the priests.

“My dear brother priests: closeness to God and his people, this is the very mission, life, and identity of us priests.  And it is faithfulness to prayer that opens us to intimacy with God and solidarity with God’s people.  Let us pray without ceasing that God may sanctify our priestly hearts. And you my dear brothers and sisters, please pray for us, your priests.  Umaasa kami sa mga panalangin nyo, upang kami man ay lalong mapalapit sa Diyos at tunay na makipagkaisa sa inyo,” Cardinal Advincula stressed.

This year’s Chrism Mass had been very special because of the presence of the former archbishops of Manila: Archbishop-Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, and the Pro-Prefect of the Section for the First Evangelization and New Particular Churches of the Dicastery of Evangelization, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

Along with the clergy of Manila, the Mass was also attended by the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown and Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Antonio Tobias. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC |Photogallery)



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