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Strive for holiness, not 'normal' life, Pope tells seminarians

January 25, 2016

Priests should not seek after a “normal” life but should strive for holiness, Pope Francis said in January 25 talk with seminarians from the Archdiocese of Milan.

The Pope proposed a former Archbishop of Milan, St. Charles Borromeo, as a model for young priests to imitate. Preparation for the priesthood, he said, involves “not only extensive work, but also an inner conversion.” The life of St. Charles Borromeo, the Pope said, was “a constant movement of conversion, reflecting the image of the Pastor.”


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  • Posted by: chady - Jan. 26, 2016 11:40 AM ET USA

    If we pray to Jesus to teach us to be humble, to be gracious, to be pure of heart, to be meek, to be mild, to be loving and to be diligent we will not only be emulating Him but becoming into his holiness. 'For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.' Matt 11:30