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Sharing Christ's Priesthood: A Bible Study for Catholics Paperback – September 8, 2009
More About the Author
In 2011 Mike was a featured presenter of the U.S. Bishops' Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute. He also wrote the USCCB's theological reflection for Catechetical Sunday in 2011.
His reviews, essays and journalism have appeared in many journals, including First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, and Catholic Heritage. He contributed work on early Christianity to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought.
Mike is a also poet whose works have appeared in U.S. literary journals and have been translated into Polish and Spanish. He shared songwriting credits with Grammy Award-winner Dion DiMucci on the forthcoming album "Tank Full of Blues."
Top Customer Reviews
Ideal for group or individual study, the book is broken up into six sessions (based on my own experience, six is an ideal number of sessions to which group members will commit and attend). The first two sessions delve into the Old Testament roots of the priesthood. Session three shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of the old Law come "to make us a holy nation of priests - in a perfect way." The next session looks mainly at New Testament epistles to explain the priesthood of all believers. The fifth session focuses on Jesus calling the apostles and making them priests and bishops; they in turn ordained others, establishing apostolic succession to this day. Finally, the last session focuses on the ordained priesthood today - who can be ordained, why celibacy, the sacred and eternal character of the sacrament, and understanding the hierarchy of the Church.
The reading for each session is short (eight to eighteen pages) and chock full of Scripture passages, some quite extended. These quotes are often followed by three or four questions that do a nice job of not only reinforcing important aspects of the passages but encouraging critical thinking and reflection on what Scripture is trying to convey. Additionally, each chapter begins with asking the student to read a chapter or so from the Bible in order to prepare for the rest of that session's main thrust.Read more ›