Conformed to Christ Crucified, Volume Two

More Meditations on Priestly Life and Ministry

Pages: 176
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-88-7839-310-3
Binding: Paperback

More Meditations on Priestly Life and Ministry


This second collection of meditations covers even more themes pertinent to the formation, life, and ministry of the ordained priest. Like Volume One, each theme is one aspect of a common, unifying vision: priestly conformity to the Crucified Christ. Through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the priest–in the depths of his being–is sacramentally conformed to Christ the Head. Truly, he can say with Saint Paul: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). This book calls both the seminarian who seeks ordination and the priest already ordained to embrace wholeheartedly the cruciform reality of the priestly vocation: to be made one with the risen Christ Crucified for God’s greater glory and the salvation of souls.
“Father Joseph Carola forms great priests. He is renowned as a scholar of the early Church Fathers–and equally renowned as a spiritual guide and friend to priests and seminarians. Those who study under him remain devoted to him, long after they’ve returned home to put his lessons to good use in our parishes. Like its predecessor, this book of meditations gives us a rare chance to sit at the feet of a living master. Even more, it will inspire readers – priests, religious and laity–to conform their lives to the Living Master. It deserves to become a spiritual classic.

Scott Hahn, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and visiting professor at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

“Holy Orders sacramentally conform priests to Christ Crucified. Bearing our cross in the service of others, we do indeed suffer. If we attempt to bear that cross without the aid of Christ’s grace, it cripples us. But if we seek His grace prudently and prayerfully, we experience His Cross for what It truly is: the Tree of Life. Elaborating upon this spiritual insight, the sermons in this collection repeatedly return to the Philippians hymn of Christ’s self-abasement. That hymn lauds His death upon the Cross, but it does not conclude there. Rather, it joyfully proclaims that ‘God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ (Philippians 2:9-11). To be conformed to Christ Crucified, therefore, is to be conformed to the Living One who is not to be found among the dead (cf. Luke 24:5). It is to be conformed to the Risen Lord Jesus Crucified who is Wounded Love Victorious.”
From the introduction

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