WHAT IS A PRIEST?
To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures;
To be a member of each family,
yet belonging to none;
To share all suffering;
to penetrate all secrets;
To heal all wounds;
to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers;
To return from God to men to bring pardon and hope;
To have a heart of fire for Charity,
and a heart of bronze for Chastity To teach and to pardon, console and bless always.
My God, what a life;
and it is yours,
O priest of Jesus Christ.
~ Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, O.P.