The Congregation for Catholic Education has just released a set of guidelines and suggestions for fostering vocations to the priestly ministry. I will comment on them soon if I get a chance.
“The greatest of these is love!” (1 Cor 13:13)
Each Christian has his or her own gifts and vocation in the Church. But it is love alone that gives life to our vocation and makes it bear fruit. This verse, which I have chosen as a motto for my priestly ministry, designates the priesthood as a service of love, a ministry springing from love and aiming at love. As a priest I am called to make visible the saving love of Christ in the Christian community, to accompany and assist all in living their vocation to love.
On the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, June 15, 2012, I was ordained to the priesthood by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, together with five other men, in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna.
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Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for the grace of this vocation, and that the Lord make us holy and good instruments of his work!