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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A priest forever

My pastor made one of the points in his homily today in what I thought was a particularly effective way.

He read a list of adjectives the parish men's group offered when asked how they would describe the sort of parish priest they'd want. They were what you'd expect: holy, compassionate, dedicated, caring, and so forth.

I was expecting him to follow this with something like, "If these are the things you want from your priest, are you praying for your priest, that he may have them?"

But he went in a different direction: "You are all priests by your baptism. Are you holy? Are you compassionate?"

Layfolk know -- or at least have strong opinions about -- what a Catholic priest should be like. The implications of that knowledge (or at least judgment) on what all Christians should be like are not often traced.