Summary: Address to Priests and Deacons by Pope Benedict XVI 2006

Q. How to preserve interior unity amid the often frenetic activity of ministry?

Intimate communion with Christ. It is all about being with Christ, acting as an instrument in communion with Him. Only be remaining in intimate communion with the Lord of the harvest, by living immersed as it were in his “heart” full of love and compassion for humanity, can we bring other labourers to share in the work of the Kingdom of God. Generous self-giving for others is impossible without discipline and constant recovery of true faith-filled interiority. The effectiveness of pastoral activity depends, ultimately, upon prayer; otherwise, service becomes empty activism.

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