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Although the Cardinal refers to ಜpriestsಝ, he insists that much of what he says applies to anyone in ordained ministry - deacons, priests and bishops. In fact, even lay people and religious can greatly benefit from prayerfully reading his reflections on being a disciple of the Lord.
ಜFor every human being, for every Christian, and even more for every priest, Jesus Christ gives meaning to lifeಝ, writes Cardinal Arinze. ಜHe gives a sense of unity to all the things in which we are engaged. Jesus indicates the correct direction for our life because he is the way, the truth and the life (cf Jn 14:6). In these meditations we shall have in front of us the priest who meets Jesus and follows him.ಝ
“Commenting on the Biblical texts, venerable Brother, you have communicated to us, with the gracefulness and the depth that we associate with you, the fruit of your personal experience of life and of your priestly ministry, of which you recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary. In this way, with the authority that comes from personal experience, you have helped us to rediscover and deepen the primacy of the presence of Christ in our lives: Christ met, Christ followed and always again to be followed, inexhaustible source of joy and peace.”
— Pope Benedict XVI
“Cardinal Arinze invites us all to discipleship of Jesus Christ and thus challenges us back to basics — he reminds priests and all people that we need to repent and believe to enter into a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and he shows us what all this entails. Do not read this book if you are not interested in changing, but do not miss reading this book if you want to grow in holiness!”
— Fr. Larry Richards, Author, Be a Man!