Dicastery: Congregation for the Clergy Topic: Priest – Holy Father – Apostolic Exhort. Language: English Type: Documento. Haerent Animo: full text, concordances and frequency lists. , 85,  p.; cm. Translated by J. Keating and at Vatican Press. [First thus in ] Fair ex-lib.,stapled, red card sides in stiff brown taped binder. Bookseller.
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Let your eyes dwell on the spectacle of men in whom the mind of Christ, that supremely precious gift, has grown weak; their thoughts are all on earthly things, they are animk in vain pursuits, their words are so much unimportant chatter; in the performance of their sacred functions they are careless, cold, perhaps even unworthy.
In like manner, little now remains of that lively devotion which they felt towards the divine mysteries. By using this site, you agree to all terms.
I have chosen you and appointed you that you should go and bring forth fruit. Sicut sacerdos, sic populus.
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Far from flattering and soothing the hearts and minds of their audience, they stimulate them to better things, and arouse in them the desire of heavenly things. The priest then is the light of the world and the salt of the earth. For as they are unaccustomed to converse with God, their words completely lack the inspiration which comes from God when they speak to men about God or inculcate the counsels of the Christian life; it is as if the message of the Gospel were practically dead in them.
To pray he withdrew into desert places or climbed the mountain alone; he spent whole nights absorbed in prayer; he paid many visits to the temple; even when the crowds thronged around him, he raised his eyes to heaven and prayed openly before them; when nailed to the Cross, in the agony of death, he supplicated the Father with a strong cry and tears.
With what unction they preach Christ! Has not the Lord placed everything in my hand, when he put there his only-begotten Son, coeternal and coequal with himself? All too frequently one must deplore the fact that prayer is a matter of routine rather than of genuine fervor; the Psalms are recited at the appointed times in a negligent manner, a few short prayers are said in between; there is no further thought of consecrating part of the day to speaking with God, with pious aspirations to him.
But though it is a matter for congratulation that, as a result of the diligence of the bishops, so many priests are animated by heavenly fervor to rekindle or strengthen in their souls the flame of divine grace which they received by the imposition of hands, we must deplore the fact that there are others in different countries who do not show themselves worthy to be taken as models by the Christian people who rightly look to them for a genuine model of Christian virtue.
Pius X, “Haerent Animo”, A. Vainly too will one seek in the conduct of such a person for that circumspection, so highly prized animl the christian, that tries to avoid even venial faults, or that sense of reverence, anio becoming in a priest, which shudders at even the slightest offense to God. How, then, can I be so ungrateful for such condescension and love as to sin against him, to offend his honor, to pollute this body which is his?
John Mary Vianney, of whom Anim have already spoken; whom We have willed to set up before all parish priests as their model and heavenly Patron. How can I come to defile this high dignity, this life consecrated to his service?
Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. Hence Christ, continuing this comparison, calls such haeent salt that has lost its savor, which is good for nothing any more, but to be cast out and to be trodden on by men. To pray he withdrew into desert places or climbed the mountain alone; he spent whole nights absorbed in prayer; he paid many visits to the temple; even when the crowds thronged around him, he raised his eyes to heaven and prayed openly before them; when nailed to the Cross, in the agony of death, he supplicated the Father with a strong cry and tears.
Experience shows that the man who frequently subjects his thoughts, words and actions to a strict examination, gains new strength of soul both to detest and fly from evil and to desire and strive for the good. The priest even more than the faithful should have devotion to Our Lady, for the relation of the priest to Christ is more deeply and truly like that which Mary bears to her Divine Son.
Pius X Exhortation
Formerly, these same men, with the oil of priestly ordination still fresh upon them, diligently prepared themselves for the recitation of the Psalms, lest they should be like men haeent tempt God; haernet sought a time and place free from disturbance; they endeavored to grasp the divine meaning; in union with the psalmist they poured forth their soul in songs of praise, sorrow and rejoicing.
Since, as everyone realizes, holiness of life is the fruit of the exercise of the will inasmuch as it is strengthened by the aid of divine grace, God has made abundant provision lest we should at any time lack the gift of grace, if we desire it.
Coloring Book For Catholics: On the other hand, there is abundant evidence from every age that even the jaerent priest, provided his life has the adornment of overflowing sanctity, anijo undertake and accomplish marvelous works for the spiritual welfare of the people of God; an outstanding example in recent times is John Baptist Vianney, a model pastor of souls, to whom we are happy to have decreed the honors of the Blessed in heaven.
We ought always pray, a command which Paul so insistently harent Besides, realize thoroughly and hold fast to this truth: But though it is a matter for congratulation that, as a result of the diligence of the bishops, so many priests harent animated by heavenly fervor to rekindle or strengthen in their souls the flame of divine grace which they received by the imposition of hands, we must deplore the fact that there are others in different countries who do not show themselves hzerent to be taken as models by the christian people who rightly look to them for a genuine model of christian virtue.
Letter to the bishops of Brazil, 18 December Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. I have chosen you and appointed you that you should go and bring forth fruit. In my hand he has placed all his treasures, his sacraments, his graces; xnimo has placed there souls, than whom nothing can be dearer to him; in his love he has preferred them to himself, and redeemed them by his Blood; he has placed heaven in my hand, and it is in my power to open and close it to others.
Everyone knows that he fulfills this function chiefly by the teaching of Christian truth; and who can be unaware that this ministry of teaching is practically useless if the priest fails to confirm by the example of his life the truths which he teaches?