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Spiritual Renewal of the American Priesthood
Gerald T. Broccolo & Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm (Editors)
United States Catholic Conference
1132 4th Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017-1194

Opening Paragraphs of the Preface
The process of transformation into Christ through the life and ministry of the priesthood is described poignantly by St. Paul in these words: “All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into his very image by the Lord who is the Spirit. Because we possess this ministry through God’s mercy, we do not give in to discouragement. It is not ourselves we preach but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. This treasure we possess in earthen vessels to make it clear that its surpassing power comes from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way possible, but we are not crushed; full of doubts, we never despair. Continually we carry about in our bodies the dying of Jesus, so that in our bodies the life of Jesus may also be revealed. While we live we are constantly being delivered from death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh.

. . . The present document is an attempt to sketch out the contemporary American experience of the priesthood, not in treatise fashion or as a final work, but as an expression of faith and reassurance that the same mystery is at work among us today. The document is an invitaiton to deeper awareness of and involvement in the process of death and life in Christ.

Table of Contents and subtitles in each chapter:

Chapter One: American Culture & Spirituality
• American Culture Today

Chapter Two: Ministry & Spirituality
• The People to Whom the Priest Ministers
• The Presence and Power of God in the Priest’s Ministry
• The Priest’s Self-Involvement in Ministry
• Leadership in Liturgical Prayer

Chapter Three: Personal Relationships & Spirituality
• Spiritual Dimensions of Community
• Dying to Self
• Living with Christ
• Dialogue
• Explicit Encounter
• Implicit Awareness
• Discernment
• Celibate Love

Chapter Four: Discipleship & Spirituality
• Discernment of Discipleship
• Value of Prayer
• Prayer and Discipleship of Jesus
• Forms of Prayers
• Discernment
Chapter Five: Personal Integration & Spirituality
• Methodology
• Interaction
• Pluralism

• Inquiry
• Continuing Education
• Fraternities
• Spiritual Encounters
• The Review of Life
• The Review of Ministry
• Retreats
• Charismatic Renewal
• Prayer Groups
• Desert Experience

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