by Emile Neubert, SM
Mary and the Priestly Ministry
Distributed by NACMS, published by Academy of the Immaculate
This publication answers a need and an expectation. Pressing contemporary exigencies indicate the necessity of the grace of closeness to Mary for success in the priestly ministry.
Is this not the hour of Mary for priests as well as for the faithful?
It is clear to priests that the more deeply the influence of Our Lady penetrates their souls, the more priestly virtues and divine life they will have, and the more supernaturally fruitful their apostolic work for the glory of God will be.
Could we desire anything more? Is anything more urgent? This book—if meditated upon and lived out by many priests—will bring about a renewal of the Catholic priesthood.
Pierre Marie Theas
Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes
(from the Preface)
Chapter Five: Similarities and Parallels between Mary and the Priest (p. 35-36)
The Blessed Virgin received her vocation explicitly from God by the words of an angel. Properly speaking, the seminarian receives his vocation from God through the bishop who admits him to the Orders.
It is by the grace of the divine Maternity that Mary becomes the Associate of Christ-Priest. It is by the grace of ordination that a deacon becomes a priest.
The divine Maternity engages Mary in a permanent and eternal relationship with Christ-Priest. Ordination to the priesthood marks the soul of a priest with an ineffaceable and eternal character that includes a special relationship to Christ-Priest.
Mary gave substantial existence to Christ-Priest when she gave Him a physical body. The priest gives Him a new, accidental existence in giving him a Eucharistic body.
Living Close to Mary—Its Importance for a Priest
Discerning the Will of God
Mother of Christ-Priest, and in a Special Way, Mother of Every Priest
Mary, Associate of Christ-Priest, Whose Vicars are the Priests
Mary, Symbol and Mother of the Church Whose Agents are the Priests
Similarities and Parallels between Mary and the Priest
The Priest Has a Fundamental Need of Mary
Mary Forms the Priest as Another Christ-Priest
Entrusting Sacerdotal Education to Mary
Total Consecration to Mary
Daily Reflection with Mary on the Christ-Priest
Meditating on the Christ-Priest with Mary
Acquiring Spiritual Composure with Mary
Mary Teaches the Priest How to Live by Faith
Mary Teaches Priestly Self-Denial
Acquiring Priestly Humility with Mary
Acquiring Priestly Poverty with Mary
Acquiring Priestly Chastity with Mary
Glorifying God with Mary
Mary Stimulates a Yearning for the Salvation of Souls
Mary and Priestly Responsibilities
Acquiring Priestly Charity with Mary
Mary Imbues the Priest with Invincible Confidence
Performing Priestly Ministry with Mary
Celebrating Mass with Mary
Praying the Divine Office with Mary
Praying Personal Prayers with Mary
Administering the Sacraments with Mary—General Observations
Practicing Spiritual Direction with Mary
Preaching an Authentic Christ with Mary
With Mary, Preaching Jesus by Example
The Responsiblity of Making Mary Known
Victim with the Christ-Priest with the Aid of Mary
Undergoing Priestly Trials and Crises with Mary
Priestly Joys and Mary