Brazilian priests conclude their 18th national meeting

Apostolic Ambassador for Priests: “Our service, our life, is effective if it is performed humbly.”

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On May 14, Brazilian priests concluded their 18th National Assembly in a Eucharistic celebration at the Aparecida National Shrine. The Apostolic Nuncio, who presided over the celebration, began his homily by saying to the priests, “We are servants of the grace that comes from the love of our Lord Jesus Christ for us.”

According to Bishop Giambattista Diquatro, “This is the source of pastoral care, and pastoral care comes from faith formed by love.” Speaking to the priests, he insisted that “our fatherhood stems from first fatherhood, our love from his love,” which led the Papal Ambassador to Brazil to assert that “the intensity of priestly love stems from the amount of love we receive, without arithmetic. The way of Jesus is The way to our holiness and the way of the people entrusted to us.”

Apostolic Nuncio Monsignor Giambattista Diquatro




Apostolic Nuncio Monsignor Giambattista Diquatro

“The love of the Father, which is poured out on the Only-Begotten Son, is poured out through Jesus in the sacraments for us in the Church,” according to Bishop Giambattista. Then he said that “Jesus exhorts us to persevere in his love. The Redeemer explains how to persevere, and keep our lives in the law of God, and keep our love in the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The papal ambassador explained that “in love lies the keeping of the commandments, and the observance of the commandments bears witness to love.” “. Therefore he called us to “love the Lord, putting our hearts in him, only in his will, as priests, baptized, existing, dwelling in Christ, in his body which is the Church.”

The basis is that “Jesus loves us, the love of Jesus is the only true source of our true and only love for him, and it is through his love and in his love that we keep his commandments,” according to the papal representative in Brazil. Hence he said, “This is the grace and love which Jesus showed to the humble, and that only if we persecute his cross can we be caught.”

Brazilian priests conclude their 18th national meeting




Brazilian priests conclude their 18th national meeting

The ambassador sees the humility of the Son as something “of a divine and absolute nature,” which leads him to assert that “the ability to receive the Father’s love is of a divine and absolute nature.” According to the bishop, “We are given the ability to receive the grace of God’s love, not through divine providence, but by grace, in accord with the grace of our poverty and daily supplication to God for his love. Jesus Christ, in his divine nature and in his human nature, is the perfect mediator of this gift.”

Monsignor Giambattista Diquatro invited priests to discover that “as priests, baptized, in our frailty, we are called to be mediators of salvation in the Church.” Remembering today’s feast, he made the priests see that “we have been chosen like Matthias, our service, our life, will be effective if it is carried out humbly to raise the needy out of the dust and remove the poor from the rubbish. For Christ, with Christ and Christ, for mutual love, the image of that love which come into our lives, so that our lives may be faithful to the calling we have received and conform to the sacrifice pleasing to God, the sacrifice of Christ, which we celebrate in the figure of Christie.”

Brazilian priests conclude their 18th national meeting




Brazilian priests conclude their 18th national meeting

Finally, he invited us to ask “Mary, our Mother, under the title of Our Lady of Aparecida, to keep us in the heart of Christ, to educate our hearts on the path of holiness, to inspire the discernment we make to our brothers and sisters by the example of our life according to the Holy Spirit and His Divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The 18th ENP was the moment to elect the new coordination of the National Committee of the Wise in Brazil, which will take over its duties next month after being confirmed by the CNBB Standing Committee. The current president, Father José Adelson da Silva Rodriguez, after thanksgiving, introduced the new ordination which will be headed by Father André Luis do Valle, of the Diocese of Uruaço.

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