Day #277: Optatam Totius 3-4

Today we continue our reading from the Decree on Priestly Training.

Article 3 completes the chapter on fostering vocations with a look at the role of minor seminaries — of which spiritual direction is of critical importance for those who attend.

Article 4 begins Chapter III on “The Setting Up of Major Seminaries.”  It is at major seminaries where “the entire training of the students should be oriented to the formation of true shepherds of souls after the model of our Lord Jesus Christ, teacher, priest and shepherd.”  In this paragrapgh, we again see the recurring theme of priest, prophet, and king with the document’s emphasis on the priest’s formation in the Word (prophet), worship (priest), and ministry of the parish (king).

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