inspiring collection of homilies delivered by Joseph Ratzinger
(Benedict XVI) over six decades offers deep theological and
historical insights on the meaning of the life and the witness of a
Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the Year for Priests in 2009, he did so
in conjunction with celebrating the 150th anniversary
of the death of John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests.
Benedict's purpose for that special year is the same purpose of this
book of homilies—to deepen the commitment of all priests to
interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness
to the Gospel in today's world. As St. John Vianney would often say,
"The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus." This
touching expression makes us reflect on the immense gift that priests
represent, not only for the Church but for all mankind.
men and women need priests to be distinguished by their determined
witness to Christ. These homilies are meant to illuminate and to
inspire priests to renew their commitment to "teaching and
learning the love of God". The homilies cover a wide variety of
important topics on the priesthood, all deeply rooted in Scripture,
including acting in persona
becoming an offering with Christ for the salvation of mankind, being
there for God's mercy, and witnessing Christian joy.