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--Catholic Northw gress April 6, The PRIEST Another CHRIST Serving God O]]ering The Sacrifice Preaching The Gospel Baptizing The Young Counseling The Weak BY JAMES E. MALLAHAN Vice Principal, Blancher High School ACH year, on the day which the Bishop sets for ordinations, young deacons en- ter the sanctuary of the Cathedral, vested in albs, holding lighted candles and carry- ing the Mass vestments of the priest folded on their arms. The rector of the Seminary calls them :forward, by name, one by one. Speaking in the name of the Church he asks the Bishop to ordain these deacons to the Holy Priesthood. When called, each one answers "adsum." "Here I am Lord. Thanks for the call. Make me a priest." The answer isn't given on the spur of the mo- ment. It's given only after much prayer, much thought and the conviction that this is what God wants. "You have not chosen me but I 'have chos- en you." Christ wants me to be a priest. The con- viction comes when the seminarian with the pru- dent advice of an older priest, his confessor, de- oides that from a human 'point of view he has the necessary qualities and the desire to ue those qualities in the service of God as a priest. Helped By Great Priests Great priests of the past helped him to reach his decision--priests }ike St. Paul. It was St. Paul who made him realize the tremendous dig- nity of the priest,hood and the responsibilities it entails. St. Paul's warning about carrying treasures in earthen vessels firmed up his con- viction that he would have to lean heavily on God's grace to be a good priest. "I chastise my body and bring it into subjection lest after hav- ing preached to others, I myself become a cast- away." That almost stopped him. Then St. Paul helped t'he young man to see that .if this is what God wants, the necessary help will not be want- ing. The clincher came as he absorbed some of St. Pul's confidence in Christ's power to supply for our weakness if we do our best. "I can do all things in Him Who strengthens me." It was God's idea to make men priests. We probably would have suggested an army of an- gels like Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. We weren't consulted. Christ decided that He would stay on earth, make his priestly power isibly available to all men of all times by maLking men ocher Christs. They would teach, rule and sancti- fy just as He had done and with His power. His priests would repeat the words of Christ, the actions of Christ, share Christ's office of uniting men to God. To be a man of God, to be Christ to the world--that was the plan of Christ for His priests. Union With Christ is Unique And their union with Him would be unique. Christ's words to His first priests are repeated at every ordination: "I have not called you serv- ants but I have called you friends." Christ's friends, H,is priests, are constantly reminded of what they are as they take His place and repeat His actions each day in the exercise of their priesthood. At the last supper Christ picked up the bread, blessed it and broke it. He took the cup of wine and offered thanks. So does the priest each day at Mass. Christ sent sinners away freed from their fettering faults. "Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace and sin no more." His priests repeat "I absolve you from your sins. Go in peace." Christ was Irequently at the side of the sick. The priest goes to the sick, prays for their re- covery, heals the scars of their souls with the sacrament of the last anointing. The actions of Christ, touching the ears of the deaf, are re- Frank Healy Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Srnifh Member of New York Stock Exchange and Other Principal Securities and Commodity Exchanges MA 4-1122 1411 4th Ave. Bldg. HERTZ RENT.A CAR MAIN OFFICE 1413 - 7th Ave. MU 2-5050 Seaffle-Tacoma Airport CH 3-2020 International Reservation Office OLYMPIC HOTEL MU 2-5050 SEATTLE CLARK BEHEN Holms & Holms WHEEL-AUTO SERVICE Front Aligning - Tune-up Brakes - Valve Grinding Body and Fender Work FREE ESTIMATES SU 2-9822 10507 GREENWOOD ME 2-2227 4228 E. 92nd St. Seattle Puget Sound Stamp Works 120 Marion Sreef MA 3-4566 OLYMPIAN STONE CO., Inc. SU 2-221 I 1415 Ballard Way Seattle Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Co., Inc. Sand and Gravel--Cement and Plaster READY-MIX CEMENT 5320 24th N.W. SU 4-0576 THE GLASS HOUSE HENRY F. DICK 14038 BOTHELL WAY---One Mile North of Joke City EM 2-7S53 NELSON'S QUALITY GROCERY AT 2-4800 325 W. Galer Seaffle B & A SERVICE FLYING "A" PRODUCTS TUNE-UP--BRAKE SERVICE Balancing--Wheel Alignment SU 3-8310 8th N.W. and lean/ Seattle AUSTIN'S NURSING HOME Registered Nurses on Duty 24 Hours License No. 248 9005 Roosevelt Way LA 3-4296 ELECTRIC HOME SERVICE 7613 Greenwood Ave. Night Phone SU 4-2159 Electrical Contracting and Adequate Wiring SUnset 2-9333 OLYMPIC SUPPLY CO. MA 4.0416 1743 Ist Ave. Seaffle MARKET TIME FOODS ME 2-8958 4416 Fremont Avenue Seattle Burston's Aid PHARMACY Reliable Prescription Service 3118 East 45111 LA 2-0688