VATICAN CITY, MAY 7, 2006 (VIS)
Today, the fourth Sunday of Easter and the 43rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Pope presided at a
Eucharistic celebration in the Vatican Basilica, conferring priestly ordination on 13 deacons of the diocese of Rome and on two religious of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
n his homily, the Pope referred to the figure of Christ the Good Shepherd, Who gives His life for His flock,
humankind, Who recognizes them and is recognized by them, and Who remains at the service of unity.
The priestly spirit, said Pope Benedict, is opposed to “careerism, the attempt
to arrive ‘high up’, to seek out a position through the Church, serve oneself and not serve others. This is the image of a man who, through the priesthood, seeks to become important and famous”. Yet, he added, “the only legitimate ascent towards the ministry of the shepherd is the cross. That is the door”.
To be a priest, the Pope affirmed, is not “to desire to be someone important,
…but to live for others, for Christ, and through Him and with Him to live for the men and women He seeks, whom He wants to lead along the path of life”.