What is “PAPA?” It is the acronym for PRIEST ALWAYS – PRAYER APOSTOLATE.

 

  • P: PRIEST – What is “priest?” – “St. John Paul II explains the true essence of the priesthood in his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, , as follows: “The priest finds the full truth of his identity in being a derivation, a specific participation in and continuation of Christ Himself, the one High Priest of the new and eternal covenant. Reference to Christ is thus the absolute necessary key for understanding the reality of the priesthood.”

St. John Mary Vianney, the Patron of priests, says:

  • "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ."

  • "If we had faith, we would see God hidden in the priest like a light behind glass, like wine mixed with water."

  • "Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption here on earth...What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of His goods...Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and they will end by worshiping the beasts there...The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you."

 

  • A: ALWAYS – Hebrews 7:21 “But He, with an oath, through the one who said to him: The Lord has sworn an oath, and He will not repent: “You are priest forever.”"  We hope and pray:that priests be faithful to their priestly dignity and ministry always.

 

  • P: PRAYER – A heart-to-heart communication with our Lord Jesus about others and their needs both in silence or with words. St. John Vianney, the Patron of PAPA, says: “Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself…. God commands you to pray, but forbids you to worry.”

 

  • A: APOSTOLATE – Service of the Gospel. The term “Apostolate” is derived from the Greek, “Apostolos” meaning “to send forth.” We are sent forth to serve the Gospel of Christ. Our Apostolate is to pray for priests and make disciples of prayer.

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