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Archived Online Discussion
Topic: Priests in the Third Millennium
Date: 5-6 pm (ET)
on Thursday, June 25, 2009
Featuring:
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Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight
          
Carl Anderson:
Thank you all for joining us tonight as we discuss Archbishop Dolan's book "Priests for the Third Millennium."

Ann
USA
When is Archbishop Dolan going to write another book? Not to extol the man but the Spirit in the man, he is 100% on the money, at least in my opinion.
Carl Anderson:
Well, I am certainly glad that you enjoyed his book, and of course, the Archbishop would have to be the one to tell you when he will publish his next book, but I would like to point out that he has another book "To Whom Shall We Go?" published in 2008 and co-authored a book "The Diocesan Priest, Consecrated and Sent" that will come out next month.

JS
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
The ch. on Devotion to Our Lady confirms my observation - priests committed to Mary demonstrate a significant presence in holiness. I suspect her relationship with the Holy Spirit is the essence that Mary shares with those whose ministry is run under her mantle. She was chosen for the Incarnation and for the gift of the 1st Pentecost where her gifts in the HS were shared with the 1st priests. I suspect Mr. Anderson dedicated his ministry and the KofC mission to Our Lady for that same presence of holiness.
Carl Anderson:
Certainly devotion to Mary is very important - for priests and lay people. Knights of Columbus are encouraged to pray the rosary, and to keep their rosary beads with them. The reason is this, we have in Mary, the perfect model of evangelization, the model of the great "yes" to Jesus Christ that Pope Benedict has spoken of so eloquently. We are all called to emulate her, to follow her lead in witnessing to her son, and in doing God's will. And on our continent especially, we are blessed with the Virgin Mary in a special way, through the image and message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose message of love - given to St. Juan Diego. Her call to love, and her ability to preach God's word so perfectly to those who had never heard it before, is an event not just for the fifteenth century, but for all time. And this is what we will celebrate this year in August in Phoenix at our Guadalupe Festival and Marian Congress. I would encourage you to attend if you can www.guadalupefestival.com .

Carl Nuss
Nazareth Pa
Just a two comments:

Lumen Gentium tells us that through baptism, we all enter into a common priesthood with Christ.

This book is a must read for all Catholic religious and lay alike, I have no questions, just keep reading and re-reading this book as often as possible and live its teachings.
Carl Anderson:
I think this book is particularly profound precisely because it speaks so well to priest and layman alike. It not only has great lessons for each of us in our own lives, but also gives those of us, who are not priests, an excellent perspective on spirituality, life, challenges and blessings of those how live out a vocation to the priesthood.

John
Seattle, WA
I’d like to encourage you to expound a bit on the concept that “the grace of God is courtesy”, particularly for those that may not have read this book. It is such a profound yet simple concept I believe it will encourage new readers as well as participants in this discussion to review Chapter 7. Your quote from Mother Teresa “thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity” made it simple.
Carl Anderson:
I think that chapter 7 makes an excellent point. As St. Francis de Sales (a previous book club author) often said, honey is much more effective than vinegar. The fact is that we can tell the truth without resorting to personal attacks. It is worth remembering that Pope Benedict's first encyclical was Deus Caritas Est. Charity is not only helping those in need, though this is certainly very important, Charity also must inform the way we treat one another. It should be the goal of each of us to live up to Christ's call, that we be known as Christians by the way we love one another.

John Thomas
New Rochelle, NY
What would you recommend that members of the K of C take away from their reading of this book? There is so much, and all of it so interesting. Are there one or two things that stood out to you?
Carl Anderson:
The Knights of Columbus has long stood in solidarity with its priests and bishops; in fact, we have striven to be the strong right arm of our parish priests. This book is extremely valuable, both as guide for so many aspects of our own life, and as a means for us to better understand the mission and spirituality of the priests we support. I would encourage each member of the Knights who reads this book to reflect on it with two things in mind. First, how can you apply the lessons it teaches in your own life? Second, what insights can this give you in your support for your own parish priest?

Tom W.
Santa Fe
I have a comment. I was struck by Archbishop Dolan's proposal that priests should go to confession at least once a month.
Carl Anderson:
Thank you for your comment. You raise a good point. Priests administer the sacraments, but they also receive the sacraments, and this insight is