Wednesday, January 09, 2008

7 Reasons to be a Priest

First: The World Needs Heroes

Second: To Make Christ Present to More People.

Third: To Forgive Sins.

Fourth: To Be a Living Icon of Christ.

Fifth: To Be Like Mary.

Sixth: To Preach and Teach.

Seventh: To Expand Your Family.

I like lists, this one is from the NCR


gemoftheocean said...

And you only have to work one day a week! :-D [At least I try to convince the young boys in the parish that.] Interesting re: 5 and 7 -- I wouldn't have thought of it myself, but it does make sense when you think about it. Hopefully number 7 is indirectly!


Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

What a thought provoking post !

My thoughts go like this :

Ultimately, it is useless to resist the will of God.

If it is God's will that you become a priest, then you probably will.

That doesn't mean you won't have to try ! Hard.

If it is not God's will that you become a priest, then you probably won't.

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't try.

Does God have a plan for every individual ?

Well, God certainly has a plan of salvation.

And, in as much as every single person is unique and special to God, then yes, he has a plan for every individual.

It is, of course, up to the individual to respond.

How does the individual discern the will of God ?

Through prayer.

What point is there in doing other than the will of God ?

No point at all, as far as I can see. Where will it get you ?

Sorry, this not a list. It is not even a meditation on a list.

Just my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Standing/kneeling room only. They must be Poles.

God Bless Father!

Anonymous said...

Strange i was talking to my 'in no man's land' kids orthodontist about the possibility of one or both of my sons becoming Priests..he's coming along nicely..i asked him when he was crossing the Tiber? well if Tony Blair??? Sorry like Peter i got a little carried away there!

Cathy said...

Lord, I hope that guy is using his inside voice to confess.


Hooray for priests, who are by far the hardest working men with the least amount of free time I know. Between the Divine Office all day long and the day-to-day priestly duties and the Masses and the administrative duties, if you want to see them, you'll have better luck just showing up to the church and sitting inside and waiting.
(In my parish, making simple dinner plans with a priest involves at least a month's notice.)

Anonymous said...

My own view is that it has become increasingly difficult/impossible to get to ordination.

The level of virtue required to survive the appalling liturgy, philosophy and theology is simply too much for most mortal men. Too much for me I´m afraid to say.

Dr. Peter H. Wright said...

Gladys Heenan's comment suggests that he has tried, but found it impossible to persevere.

In that case, I would say, Well done for trying, and I'm sorry it didn't work out.

I've never even tried !

gemoftheocean said...

Ma, it's good for them to work hard. It keeps 'em off the streets from stealing hubcaps.


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You never have to go to anyone else's mass ever again

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