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1962 In The Modern World. Cafholicorthwest Prog 0 Bringing God To Men Absolving Sinners Blessing Marriage Teaching peated each time the priest baptizes. Priests act just like Christ because Christ told them to. "As the Father has sent me, so also I send you . . . whose sins you shall .forgive they are forgiven them . . . Go teach all nations, baptiz- ing them . . . Do this in commemoration of me." The Church knows full well that the priest re- peats the actions of Christ She guards these ges- tures jealously. That is why, at the end of the ordination ceremony, when a young man has been made a priest, the bishop speaks to him one last time. "I warn you, dearly beloved son, that you should learn diligently from experienced priests, the ceremonies of the whole Mass and all that regards the Consecration, the breaking of the host and the Communion before you at- tempt to celebrate ,Mass." The actions must be exact. Repeats Actions of Christ The priest celebrates Mass, remits sin, an- oints the sick, baptizes exactly as the priests who have gone before him did. Like them he will transmit these same gestures to those who will come after him. There is no room .for personal preference here. He repeats the actions of Christ. There is no less power in the priests sinful hands when he is saying the words over the bread and wine, than there was in the hands of the Great High Priest on the evening He inst,ituted the Eucharist. The ordained priest lends his hands, his voice, his gestures, but the actions they perform are equal to His; their baptisms, their absolv- tions, their consecrations have the same value as His because in reality they are His. The priest repeats the words of Christ as he follows out Christ's command to teach. In the parlor with a couple whose marriage is going on the rocks, in the pulpit at the early Mass, in the class rooms of the school, in the homes of the stray sheep, in the confessional, in the convert class, in the parish hall when the president of the Altar Society asks for a "few words from Father" before the motion for adjournment-- almost every hour of the day finds him repeat- ing the words of Christ--instructing, encourag- ing, showing the way. "I am the way, the truth and the life." Followers of the God-Man A man repeating the words and actions o.f the God-Man; that is the mission and the chal- lenge of the Catholic priesthood. Sometimes the Little Ones Anointing The Sick job seems way too big for the "man" side of the priest, yet that's the way Christ wanted it. It takes men to deal with men. That's why he be- came a man Himself. Men criticized Him for it. I:: His home town of Nazareth they complained, "How did this man come by this wisdom and these miracles? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called 'Mary? Then where did He get all this? And they took offence at Him." The Pharisees compared Him to John the Bap- tist and were scandalized. "See here a lover of good meals, a drinker of wine, a friend of pub- licans and sinners." Christ's nights were spent ,in solitude and prayer. His days were at the disposal of men. Their concerns were His concerns. He accepted invitations to the homes of poor sinners like St. Peter, rich publicans like Zaccheus, well-to-do friends like Lazarus, Martha and Mary. The priest, man's mediator, must not only be united to God by prayer but also united ,fraternally with men. Like Christ he must keep contact with human affairs. The hermit renounces the world ; the priest plunges into it. 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