Be men of God, not bureaucrats: Cardinal Filoni to seminarians

Be a man of God, be a man of prayer, a man of noble virtues and of charity, who loves the Gospel, a man truly formed by the word and by Divine Wisdom - says Cardinal Filoni.

Korea
Oct 09 2013, 3:46 PM
Be men of God, not bureaucrats: Cardinal Filoni to seminarians
Cardinal Fernando Filoni

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, has exhorted seminarians to be men of God and not sheer administrators. In his last engagement during his pastoral visit to Korea he told seminarians in Seoul last Saturday about the importance of leading a prayerful life.

“Be a man of God, be a man of prayer, a man of noble virtues and of charity, who loves the Gospel, a man truly formed by the word and by Divine Wisdom. Not, therefore, bureaucrats or administrators of religious questions like any other non-governmental organization…” Cardinal Filoni said, outlining the characteristics that a priest must have.

"This meeting ideally embraces all of the students of our seminaries in Korea, to whom I give my affectionate greetings. The Church in Korea responds today with more than 1,500 young men to its future pastoral needs, preparing you for priestly ministry," the Cardinal told seminarians gathered in the Major Seminary along with their formators.

"The time that you spend in the seminary is a time of discernment, of orientation and of preparation for the service of God and the Church. In this context, I want to highlight the responsibility that falls to your Bishops and formators, who may give to this duty only a small part of their time or a partial attention."

After thanking the Bishops, formators and teachers, Cardinal Filoni concluded: "I want to assure you, dear seminarians, that our congregation follows your progress with much attention. You represent the hope of the Church in Korea, a Church that is alive and very much admired in the Catholic world, as well as in Asia."

Source: Agenzia Fides 

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