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Because of his apostolic role, the priest must have apostolic virtues.  If ordinary people are taught by the Gospel to despise riches, much more so the priest of God.  He must not even have earthly desires. . ."for your portion is God."  Thus, when Moses divided the land among the tribes, the Levite had no share; He (God) was their share.  Thus, David said: "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup. . ." Thus, the word LEVITE which means,  "Himself is mine."  

The Apostle said: "A bishop must be sober, modest, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not covetous nor a brawler, one that rules well his own household."  Then he continues: "Deacons must be grave , not double-tongued, not given to too much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.  And let them also first be proved, and so let them serve, being found blameless."  

Priest!  Note how much is required of you.  You should abstain from wine so you may be a witness to both the faithful and those who are  without.  The witnesses to your acts must be the public opinion that will draw respect to your office.  

He who sees the priest adorned with virtues will praise the Lord who has such splendid. servants.  

St. Ambrose: Duties of the Clergy, Chapter 50, Bk I  







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