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Thursday, 25 June 2009
Bishop O' Donoghue's Talks for Priests
Via Fr. Finigan's blog, I found the text of these excellent talks, given by Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Lancaster.Speaking at a retreat in Ars, for the priests of the Diocese of Northampton, Bishop O' Donoghue offers reflections on the identity, role, spirituality and formation of the priest. Although his talks were given to priests, much of what Bishop O'Donoghue has to say is also instructive to the laity, deepening our understanding of the nature of the Sacred Priesthood.
At the end of the last talk, The Bishop quotes these beautiful words from St John Vianney:
"I love you O my God and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love you O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you than live without loving you. I love you Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally...My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. Amen."