Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Priestly Renewal

Today the priests of the Archdiocese gathered at the cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass and Renewal of their Priestly Promises.  This is a solemn occasion in which all of us in the presence of our Archbishop renew the promises we made at our ordination.  The Archbishop used the occasion to solemnly convoke the 2nd General Synod of the Archdiocese of Miami in which we, as a Catholic people, will seek to renew ourselves and find new ways to revitalize the way spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The Archbishop underscored how special this Chrism Mass is for priests as he said:  Today, all priests feel a special stirring in our hearts as we recall the events that transpired in that Upper Room on the eve of Christ's Passion. Like Peter when Jesus drew near him to wash his feet, we can protest our unworthiness. And, if we don't, you, God's holy people, will. You will no doubt remind us of our unworthiness. And this is perhaps fitting for our gift - the gift of priesthood - is not given to us for our sakes but for yours.” (Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Chrism Mass Homily 2012)