Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday, 14th Wk Ord Time: "Heal the sick!"

"As you go, make this proclamation: 'The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.
"Heal the sick!" The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health.
-- CCC 1509

The newly prdained priests of the Archdiocese of Washington join the ministry of all priests who carry out the mission of Christ today to heal the sick through the ministries of Word and Sacrament. In Catholic Standard photo above, at the end of a June 19 Mass of Priesthood Ordination at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Wuerl stands before the altar with the eight men he just ordained as new priests for the Archdiocese of Washington. They are, from left to right, Father Anthony Lickteig, Father Charles Gallagher, Father John Fleming Reutemann III, Father Mel Ayala, Archbishop Wuerl, Father R.E. Blake Evans, Father Harry John Stokes Jr., Father David Wells and Father Justin Huber.

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