The 21st century has been a rough one for the Catholic Church, Priests, and Christianity as a whole.
I think it’s time we recognize Priests and Pastors for the wonderful work they do.
- Good Priests truly live the mystery of life. The larger and more religious sense of mystery is of something that cannot be solved by human reason or even perceived by human senses. This is our first understanding of who God is—a Being infinite, eternal, and essentially unknowable by limited mortal minds. We can ponder religious mysteries but never come to the end of them. So we meditate on how God becomes a human being, how a virgin can be a mother, how a crucified man rises from the dead, or how one day, the last will be first.
- Good Priests care for the poor and needy. Across the globe: homeless shelters, hospices, soup kitchens, battered women’s shelters, AIDS treatment centers, literacy programs, day-care centers, hospitals, and schools are sponsored and staffed by the Catholic Church and its Priests.
- Good Priests are unique. The Mystical Body of Christ has the diversity of Creation within it. It needs to be remembered that Priests are each unique men that have been called to bring their special identity into the fold as ministers. They live out their vocation with dignity and integrity and are all united in the breath of our Lord which is love and communion.
- Lastly, Priests participate in Christ’s priesthood. They are the stewards of the Eucharist, They hear confessions and provide counselling, and they are the witnesses and minsters for the most special times in ones life (Marriage, Baptism, First Communion, Maybe even graduation) 🙂
What this world needs is to stop looking at the worst and living in the mud and to lift itself into the light of the promised world to come. Truth be told Priests play a very special part in that and it’s important we get back to viewing them as ministers of that most special commission.