Day #239: Presbyterorum Ordinis 12

Today in the Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests, we begin chapter III on “The Life of Priests.”

As with Chapter II, this chapter is also divided into three sections.  Article 12 starts off the first section on “The Vocation of Priests to the Life of Perfection.”  Priests are “living instruments of Christ” and this is how they live out Jesus’ command to all of us “be perfect.”  Priests especially need to be open to the Holy Spirit and they work best as Christ’s instruments when they are growing in holiness.

Here are the Scripture citations:

Heb 7:26

Tt 2:14

Gal 2:20

And the footnotes:

1. Cf. 2 Cor 12:9.

2. Cf. Pius XI, encyclical letter Ad Catholici Sacerdotii, Dec. 20, 1935: AAS 28 (1936) n 10.

3. Cf. Jn 10:36.

4. Lk 24:26.

5. Cf. Eph 4:13.

6. Cf. 2 Cor 3:8-9.

7. Cf. among others: St. Pius X, exhortation to the clergy Haerent Animo, Aug. 4, 1908: St. Pius X, AAS 4 (1908), pp 237ff. Pius XI, encyclical letter Ad Catholici Sacerdotii, Dec. 20, 1935; AAS 28 (1936). Pius XII apostolic exhortation Menti nostrae, Sept. 23, 1950: AAS (1950) 657ff. John XXIII, encyclical letter Sacerdoti Nostri Primordia, Aug. 1, 1959: AAS 51 (1959) 545ff.

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