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A Program of
Spiritual Formation for Candidates to the Priesthood
The Lay Monastic
Community of Caryana
A PROGRAM OF
FORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
TO THE PRIESTHOOD
CAN THIS AIM BE ACHIEVED IN CONCRETE TERMS?
When a person listens to a lecture he usually takes down notes - but his
notes are in outline form. The outline is supposed to remind him of what he
has heard in the lecture. No other person can understand that outline
unless he, too, has listened to the lecture. In the same way, the first
Christians listened to the lectures of the apostles and Fathers. And in
their desire to have an aid to recall the lectures, they made an outline -
and this is the New Testament. No one can understand this outline unless he
has first listened to the lectures of the apostles and Fathers.
While Scriptures contain the
commands of Christ, they do not have much on "how" to obey them.
The Apostolic Epistles have a little on "how" to obey the
commands of Christ. But it is the Fathers of the Church who gave us a
detailed explanation on how to obey the commands of Christ. The works of
the Fathers, thus, contain both the commands of Christ and how to obey
them. To study the Fathers, one does not have to go to Scriptures anymore.
Thus the Congregation on Catholic Education emphasized the study of the
Fathers in its "Instruction on the Study of the Fathers of the Church
in the Formation of Priests" (1989).
Needless to say, the commands of
Christ contains all the knowledge we need to know ourselves, to know the
Will of God and to know how to go to heaven. And knowing how to go to
heaven, we will know how to lead others to heaven. For how can we lead
others there if we, ourselves, do not know the way?
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