Archbishop George reflects on the forthcoming solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The solemnity is also the Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. During the meditation, Archbishop George reflects:
It is no accident that on this Feast of the Sacred Heart the Church holds a special Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. The heart of the priest is no longer his own. His heart burns with love for Jesus, for the Church and its people and for the world in which he bears witness to that love.His task is to contemplate the love of God made visible in Jesus and re-member, re-present, consecrate the bread and wine as the Body and Blood of Christ, the living sign of the sacrificial love of Jesus in his death and resurrection. In his prayer with and for the People of God, the priest contemplates the risen Lord not merely by looking at him from the outside or at a distance.It is engaging with Him heart to heart. Cardinal Newman put it well when he wrote “Heart Speak to Heart”. I always add for myself “In the silence of the heart”.