Who opens the Door?

“Were we to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die: not of fright, but of love. . . . Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption on earth. . . . What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of his goods. . . . Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest, and they will end by worshiping the beasts there. . . . The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you.”6 He arrived

Ratzinger, Joseph. Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today (p. 358). Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.

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