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Tuesday, May 25, 1999

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Venerable Bede
Pope St. Gregory VII
St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Sirach 35:1-12
Psalm 50
Mark 10:28-31

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my silver jubilee

"Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds." —Psalm 98:1

Today is my silver ordination anniversary. Twenty-five years ago today, the Lord showed His awesome love and mercy by ordaining me a priest. In these twenty-five years, the Lord has been true to His word by giving me a hundred times more than I have ever given to Him (Mk 10:30). Thank You, Lord!

"How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord; my vows to the Lord I will pay in the presence of all His people" (Ps 116:12-14). On this silver jubilee, I renew my baptismal promises by rejecting Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. I express my faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I renew my ordination vows to be obedient to my bishop, celibate for God's kingdom, and poor in imitation of Jesus. I renew my promises to intercede in unity with Jesus, the High Priest, and to lead God's people as the Good Shepherd wills. Thank You, Lord!

On this day of jubilee, I "pay homage to the Lord" (Sir 35:7). I thank the Lord for loving and choosing me. I thank each one of you for your love and prayers. You are a sign of hope, the body of Christ, and God's royal priesthood (1 Pt 2:9). Please pray in thanksgiving with me and for me. Thank You, Lord!

Prayer:  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Promise:  "Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously." —Sir 35:9

Praise:  With his last breath, Venerable Bede sang: "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit."

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998