Why Tenow8?

In a handful of words canon 1008 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law encapsulates the nature of priesthood.

can 1008: By divine institution some among Christ’s faithful are, through the sacrament of order, marked with an indelible character and are thus constituted sacred ministers; thereby they are consecrated and deputed so that, each according to his own grade, they fulfil, in the person of Christ the Head, the offices of teaching, sanctifying and ruling, and so they nourish the people of God.

This canon tells us that Holy Orders are of Divine origin. What a wondrous mystery, priesthood is a gift from God given to his people. In the sacrament of orders, some of Christ’s faithful are marked, consecrated and deputed with a character that cannot be taken away. In this consecration, bishops and priests act in the person of Christ the head as they exercise the further gifts of teaching, sanctifying and leading. And all this not for power in the earthly terms but in the sense of that magnificent moment of washing the feet. The nature of priesthood is to nourish God’s people, to save souls.

In 2009, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, modified this canon so that the distinction between the three orders, and especially that a deacon does not act in the person of Christ, is made clear. It does not take anything away from the beauty of the original canon; parts of it now to be found in the new third part of canon 1009.

Modified 1008: “By divine institution, some of the Christian faithful are marked with an indelible character and constituted as sacred ministers by the sacrament of holy orders. They are thus consecrated and deputed so that, each according to his own grade, they may serve the People of God by a new and specific title”

1009§3: “Those who are constituted in the order of the episcopate or the presbyterate receive the mission and capacity to act in the person of Christ the Head, whereas deacons are empowered to serve the People of God in the ministries of the liturgy, the word and charity”.

Hence the new name of this blog, after canon 1008, or Tenow8. Called to nourish and serve, the thoughts appearing here are thoughts of one who, although very unworthy, has been chosen, called and consecrated to act in the person of Christ the Head.

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