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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814629768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814629765
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,359,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know of no other comparable contemporary book that should be on the bedside table of every American priest and bishop for regular and repeated consultation and inspiration. It deserves the highest recommendation.
Rev. Paul Maier, DMin


A good read about where we have come from and where we are. We need to use it to think about where we are going.
Church


This is a wonderfully balanced tool that priests should read, pray over, and discuss with their confreres and their ordinaries. Those responsible for the book have done a great service to the church. Let us hope it is used.
Pastoral Music


. . . a helpful guide for priests in today's modern society.
Catholic Studies


This reflection situates priestly spirituality within a comprehensive theology of the priesthood, healthy human development, a priest's various relationships, and the challenges of contemporary culture. While holding up the ideal of conformity to Christ in his paschal mystery, this spirituality pays attention to the practices which contribute to a robust and sustainable spiritual life. This is a spirituality which is real, practical, and possible within the tensions of contemporary life.
Susan K. Wood, S.C.L., Professor of Theology and Associate Dean, Saint John's University, School of Theology*Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota


[The book] lays out the truth of the spiritual lives of priests today, with all the joys, stresses, and frustrations priests feel. The book is a practical guide on how to maintain faith-filled ideals in the midst of the boulder-strewn terrain of everyday ministry. The job of a priest is tough, and all priests need support. The book shows where it is found. This volume was constructed as a study document for priest study groups, and it will serve wonderfully.
Dr. Dean Hoge, Professor of Sociology, Catholic University of America


. . . puts the recent abuse scandal in perspective for U. S. Priests as a sharing in the mystery of Christ's dying and rising. In these pages we find superbly set out some of the challenges facing priests in the 21st century: great cultural diversity, dwindling numbers, and the task of collaborating as leaders and prophets with their lay sisters and brothers. The authors stress that a 21st century priest gets by, not with a little but with a lot of help from his friends: brother priests, a spiritual director, and close, supportive relationships with the women and men to whom - and alongside whom - he ministers.
George Niederauer, Bishop of Salt Lake City


A thoughtful reading of these essays is like taking part in a retreat - a nourishing and energizing retreat. The book deals reflectingly and practically with the realities that all of us have come to grips with. It offers clarity and hope to all of us in ordained priestly ministry. Priests should read it to renew their awareness of what their priestly life involves. Lay persons should read it to learn (or relearn) what their priests are all about.
Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati

About the Author

Paul Philibert, OP, has taught pastoral theology in the United States and abroad. He is a Dominican friar of the Southern Province. His translation of a collection of Congar's essays on the liturgy has been published by Liturgical Press under the title At the Heart of Christian Worship. His book The Priesthood of the Faithful: Key to a Living Church (Liturgical Press, 2005) reflects the ecclesiology of Yves Congar and his vision of the apostolic life of the faithful.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. W. R. Sipe on June 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
The object of this study is exemplary--to help Catholic priests develop and sustain a spiritual depth sufficient to struggle valiantly with the rigorous demands inflicted by their service to humanity. The demands are undeniable; the priest shortage, overwork, societal challenges of a consumer driven attitudes, shifting demographics that disrupt or destroy the traditions of parochial stability, loneliness, the requirements of sustaining celibacy, and more.

Two of the three main authors are dedicated and devote priests, gay oriented scholars, who pool their theological and psychological expertise to build on the remarkable and durable document The Spiritual Renewal of the American Priesthood issued by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1973.

Skillfully they draw on some the most profound sources of reflection on the priesthood written since that study came out--Ray Brown from a biblical perspective, Philip Murnion and Dean Hoge with sociological insight, numerous pronouncements of the US bishops and recent popes including encyclicals of Paul VI, Evanglii Nuntiandi and John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis

It is written in a form intended to foster discussion and perhaps it succeeded. It has been my experience that just getting priests together to talk about serious personal and spiritual issues can be productive. But the book is self-defeating in three respects. It veers to the "mystagogical dimension of priesthood and celibacy" that is--the unreasonable, unnatural, and excessive. (P.54) Rather than making priesthood and celibacy more understandable, reasonable, and naturally attainable and within the reach of dedicated men, it casts them into the ethereal realm of dream, an area of the mind vulnerable to discouragement and defeat. It perpetuates the myth that priests are "like angels," an attitude inimical to the meaning of practical priestly service and one infectious with clericalism.
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This 2004 book begins by stating, "It is now thirty years since the publication of 'The Spiritual Renewal of the American Priesthood' by the NCCB. The National Council of Priests' Councils (NFPC), which partnered with the NCCB in writing the 1973 document, decided a few years back to prepare a thirty-year follow-up study to assess changes in ecclesial and ministerial life and their impact on priests and their spiritual livs." (Pg. 3)

They note, "A second strong concern of priests discovered by the research was the extent of loneliness felt by the priests in the survey--most notably among the recently ordained. They feel overshadowed, underprepared, and very much alone." (Pg. 56)

They conclude on the note, "This study is a fresh call to renewal for American priests. Never before has our ministry been more critical or the potential for our effectiveness greater. Serving as a priest---including the acceptance of the comprehensive complex of roles that shape our ministry today---is both difficult and immeasurably rewarding." (Pg. 84)
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This is an excellent contemporary look at the priesthood and it's challenges and enormous potential. It is well documented and built on a firm foundation of Church teaching yet original and inspiring. It is well written and short and to the point. It is obviously written by a man who loves the priesthood but challenges it to be the best it can be. One of the best books I have read on the spirituality of the priesthood in many years. Fr. Vincent Dulock, C.S.B., D.Min.
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By Jo Ann Kramer on February 19, 2013
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This was a gift for a priest. It offers ideas for thinking of spirituality at present, and how to think of change.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casper on January 1, 2012
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Unfortunately, the book is as Sipe says in his critical review but further it misses the point that we are now in a new coveant that is not clerically centered. The new covenant is Jer 31.31...the priesthood was pulverised because of its egregious sinful ways and breaking of the covenant so much so that God "divorced" the former covenant-makers and promised a new. The new is not clerically centered...the cov meal being only one element. Two thousand years of this heresy and its likewise egregious acts ought to demonstrate to the world that each baptised christian is The tabernacle of the Living God Who in glory to the Father in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit is the new church devoid of all this trumped up clerical garbage frosted with gooey mystical language that is more pertinent to each and every christian rather than an exclusive group of individuals wrapped in princely robe, dressed like mother and wanting to be called father.
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