With the Smell of the Sheep
By: Pope Francis
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“This comprehensive collection of texts by Pope Francis is an absolute gem. I highly recommend it to every bishop, priest, seminarian, and pastoral agent. It offers us profound insights into the mind and heart of the Bishop of Rome, a pastor who truly has the smell of the sheep." - Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
"Pope Francis presents us with a beautiful and inspiring vision of the priesthood. Always, the Pope speaks and writes as a man who loves being a priest and as a priest who lives to bring people to the encounter with the mercy of God." --Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, author, Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life
"The words of Pope Francis offered here touch the core of my humanity and my priesthood; they move my heart deeply. I recommend this book with great enthusiasm to all co-workers in the vineyard." --Matthew Clark, Bishop Emeritus of Rochester, NY
"How do we minister with Jesus' delicate balance of gentleness and truth? Pope Francis models this for us in his life and he articulates it for us in this book. This is a must-read for anyone in ministry." --Ron Rolheiser, Oblate School of Theology
"There is no better guidebook for ministers in the 'field hospital' of the Church today. This important collection is essential reading not only for every priest and seminarian, but also for every Christian woman and man interested in living the Gospel in the modern world!" --Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Catholic Theological Union
From the first days of his papacy, Pope Francis described his wish for pastors "with the smell of the sheep." In this moving and often intimate volume, consisting of all Pope Francis's addresses to priests and bishops, he shares his vision of the priesthood, ministry, and service to the People of God.
Confiding personal stories from his own ministry and warning against the sins of "self-referentiality," clericalism, careerism, and worldliness, he stresses the importance of mercy, of drawing strength from prayer and intimacy with the Heart of the Good Shepherd. In addition to his addresses to seminarians, bishops, members of the curia and religious orders, he also shares words of compassion with victims of clergy sexual abuse.
With the Smell of the Sheep provides a deeply spiritual call to follow the example of Christ in the service of the church. It is a wonderful gift for seminarians, priests and clergy, and all those diserning their vocation in the twenty first century.