This morning, the Pope has received in audience in the Clementine Hall the community of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary in Rome. Pope Francis has recommended to the future priests to reject the temptation of “normality”, i.e., living priesthood satisfied with being a mediocre priest who works to get attention and accumulate achievements. The Pope has invited young people to live their call to holiness fully, aspiring to pastoral holiness, following the examples of St. Charles Borromeo and St. Ambrose. “Only those who transform their own life into a constant dialogue with the word of God – Bergoglio has said – or else, with God Who is talking to us, can announce words of life.”
Then, the Pope has reflected on the need to return to a simple life, which will “avoid all forms of duplicity and humanity” and will be accompanied by a clear use of language, seen as the only way to bring the message of Christ.
Finally, Bergoglio has mentioned closeness with one’s bishop, because “a priest who does not have a constant relationship with his bishop grows slowly isolated from the diocesan body and his fertility decreases, because he does not practice dialogue with the father of the diocese.”