Arthur Middleton

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Arthur Middleton

- There is a kind of thinking in the Church that wants to reduce the priest to a mere functionary, a managing director, where administration rather than doctrine and worship are to determine the form of the Church.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- The evil of the Church is the doing of Church work in a spirit of business, something to be got through. The only way to avoid this is for the priest to be instant in prayer. If he is not, he will lose that touch of the supernatural, without which he has no right to be a priest at all.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- The Incarnation is the medicine of the soul, undoing the Fall and bringing man to the Tree of Life, and the office of a priest is to administer this medicine in the sacraments.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- A priest is the God-bearer or Christ-bearer, a living Eucharist of the divine presence, bringing a sympathetic ear and a compassionate heart in which people find Godís consolation, understanding and love.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- In the Eucharist, priest and people together come to concelebrate. Here the ladder Jacob saw only as a dream becomes for us a reality, the medicine that cures our souls.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- Times have changed since George HerbertÖ but the principle and spirit in which he ministered as a priest remains an inspiration and model for all priests.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- Priesthood is forever and does not cease when a priest cannot carry out that priestly ministry.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- Herbertís life integrated prayer, study, teaching and pastoral care, embodying his understanding of the priest as a man of God, a teacher and pastor.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- The task of a priest, in some respects, may be different today, but the principles upon which Herbert built his life as a priest are of universal application.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
- The priest is Christís slave, and Christ himself took the form of a slave and became obedient to death. So the priest in serving human needs lives a Godward life, possessed by God and witnessing that only when lives are utterly possessed by God do they find their true freedom.More Arthur Middleton [11/22/2007 12:11:00]
Priesthood is forever and does not cease when a priest cannot carry out that priestly ministry.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Gladstone, at the end of the 19th century, said that the task of the priest had become much more difficult than it had ever been. Today it has worsened rather than improved, in a Church that is divided and in a culture where God has been pushed out of many lives and is not given the opportunity to influence scores of others.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church, which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning, its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We don't want advisers to advisers to advisers who have never done the job-we want priests like this, and if the vacant parishes of England could be filled with such priests, the Church's mission would go forward overnight.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Incarnation is the medicine of the soul, undoing the Fall and bringing man to the Tree of Life, and the office of a priest is to administer this medicine in the sacraments.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A priest is the God-bearer or Christ-bearer, a living Eucharist of the divine presence, bringing a sympathetic ear and a compassionate heart in which people find God's consolation, understanding and love.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The task of a priest, in some respects, may be different today, but the principles upon which Herbert built his life as a priest are of universal application.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is a kind of thinking in the Church that wants to reduce the priest to a mere functionary, a managing director, where administration rather than doctrine and worship are to determine the form of the Church.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The evil of the Church is the doing of Church work in a spirit of business, something to be got through. The only way to avoid this is for the priest to be instant in prayer. If he is not, he will lose that touch of the supernatural, without which he has no right to be a priest at all.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The bread which is taken, blessed, broken and shared out, is Christ, who is that ladder linking heaven and earth and on which angels ascend and descend. The place in which we celebrate becomes our Bethlehem, a house of bread in which we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, the living and the departed.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Priesthood is not a convenient, historically conditioned form of Church organisation, but is rooted in the Incarnation, in the priesthood and mission of Christ himself.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As priests uphold their people in prayer, so their people are to uphold them with prayer and love, for he cannot work without his people.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It brings spiritual warfare and suffering for the priest as he identifies with those who suffer, and shares the frustrations, anger, and incomprehensibility of that suffering in what it does to those who suffer. The priest shares in these struggles of his suffering people, the uncertainties it brings, the sense of divine abandonment it induces, and the loneliness caused.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The priest comes. . not as an obscurantist, but wearing the intelligible vestments of living faith, divine but positive, ministering in Word and Sacrament that which is humanity's hope and salvation, the divine energy in which he lives with Christ in the Father through the Holy Spirit, identified but not accommodated to the world Christ seeks to save.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The priest is Christ's slave, and Christ himself took the form of a slave and became obedient to death. So the priest in serving human needs lives a Godward life, possessed by God and witnessing that only when lives are utterly possessed by God do they find their true freedom.More Arthur Middleton [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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