The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“The successful priest or deacon is the one who is in love with Christ”

Hundreds of clergy gathered earlier this week for the first-ever joint convocation of priests and deacons in the Brooklyn Diocese. Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered the keynote (which contained the sterling quote in the headline). 

The story, from “Currents,” below.

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posted October 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

No, a good priest is one who *loves* Christ. Emotion may not have much to do with it some days. The last thing we need is a bunch of mooney-eyed goofballs in the priesthood. No, on second thought, that’s the next to the last thing. The last thing we need is people trying to force ecstatic feelings on themselves by hook or by crook in order to feel the emotions of love 100% of the time. Christianity is not a emotion-arama, folks. On the contrary.

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