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The Priest is Not His Own [Paperback]

Fulton J. Sheen
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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; New edition edition (Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586170449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586170448
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The beloved Archbishop Sheen, prolific writer and preacher, whose cause for canonization is underway in Rome, wrote this profound and deeply spiritual look at the meaning of the priesthood and the relationship of the priest with Christ as an "alter Christus". Sheen delves deeply into what he considers the main character of the priesthood, and one not often discussed, that of being, like Christ, a "holy victim". To be like Christ, Sheen emphasizes that the priest must imitate Christ in His example of sacrifice, offering himself as a victim like Jesus to make His Incarnation continually present in the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just sublime 27 Oct 2011
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It is just sublime, a beautiful volume that identifies how priests and those aspiring towards that state, may increase in holiness, and truly understand the nature of the priest-victim. A great volume I could not recommend it more to any priest, seminarian or aspirant. A truly orthodox view that is so hard to find these days, another great book by Bishop Sheen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great !! 9 Jun 2013
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This book is indeed excellent and a great help for every Priest !!
the great Bishop Sheen is no doubt a man of GOD and a great example for every priest to fulfill his vocation :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic 14 Dec 2004
By Kenneth L. Lovasik - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a Roman Catholic priest for 32 years. The last five years, for obvious reasons, have been very painful ones for all of who believe in the Church and in the Priesthood. Far beneath the shameful details of scandals and cover-ups lies a deeper problem: the very soul of the priesthood has been compromised. In this timeless classic, first published in 1963, Archbishop Fulton Sheen presents what is, in my humble opinion, the 'piece de resistence' of his whole life: a profound understanding of the Catholic Priesthood, grounded in the Scriptures, as a sharing in the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ, who is both Priest and Victim. This understanding filled Fulton Sheen's own priestly life.

The implications of this challenging understanding of the Priesthood are the seeds of a genuine renewal of the Priesthood in our time--so sorely needed--and transcend the issues that divide us and distract us from what is of the essence: we priests are not our own. We belong to the Priest and Victim whose life and priesthood we share! This book is a treasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't leave the seminary without it 13 Dec 2005
By Kimberley Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a startling book and not necessarily a cheerful one. Although it was written in the 60s it seems as though Archbishop Sheen wrote it yesterday. The things he's worried about in the book : lack of vocations, scandals, acedia, and priests who are not fully committed to their calling all sound familiar.

I might have passed the book by but the cover caught my eye. It shows a very young, intense looking Father Sheen who is very different from the Archbishop we later came to know and love. Once I picked up the book I couldn't put it down. It hits hard. The archbishop gave no quarter to trendy pyschobable or to any other type of mealey mouthed excuses. As he saw it a priest only has two choices: Peter or Judas.

There is something in this book for the young enthusiastic priest, the older and perhaps tired priest and most of all it's for the priest who's in danger of losing his way. This is a tough minded yet highly spiritual book. Don't leave the seminary without it.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENCE AT ITS BEST ! 3 Sep 2005
By NAVY78 - Published on Amazon.com
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I would highly recommend this book to seminarians and Priests.

It is very deep and will show you many roads and signs for the times to come and to expect while you tend to God's call and tend to His sheep. I couldn't put the book down. The book was very good and to the point at the same time....deep.

I highly recommend this book to seminarians and Priests !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Priest Is Not His Own 27 Jan 2005
By Cindy Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a middle-aged, cradle Catholic lay woman. I know that Bishop Sheen wrote this book for and to priests, but it has spoken volumes to me in my own life. This book highlights the call we each have to be preist,prophet and king as we are invited to die to ourselves and stand in intercession for the Body of Christ on earth. Certainly there are portions of the book that speak specificaly to an ordained Catholic priest, but the majority of this book applies to each one of us.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Example for All Priests 6 Aug 2006
By Sayf W Bowlin - Published on Amazon.com
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As a man entering the seminary who is still discerning whether God is really calling me to the priesthood, I found myself saying "Yes!" to everything that Bishop Sheen was saying to his priests, even the parts about sacrifice and the difficulties encountered in the life of a priest. It certainly made me more confident about entering the seminary and will be one of the factors shaping my (God-willing) priesthood. - Sayf
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