private and public—and a commit-
ment to work at it.
The right stuff
Certain attributes and attitudes help
a person make the most of priest-
hood. First is an openness to growth.
We are a pilgrim church and people,
and a priest must be open to walk-
ing where God beckons. A priest
Ordination is not
an end but
a beginning to grow
in new ways.
A ZEAL for serving
others is an
for a priest. Father
O.F.M.Conv. gives a
young adult retreat.
will be called upon to take on new
ministries in new places. At times
he will find great success and other
times utter failure—and he needs to
learn from both. Ordination is not
an end but a beginning to grow in
new ways. Growth can be exciting
and painful, and a priest has to meet
that opportunity with an openness of
mind and heart.
A second attribute of an effective
priest is embracing the human condition with the eyes of faith. Priesthood involves joyfully celebrating
new life at Baptisms and weddings,
and sharing the grief of those who
mourn the loss of loved ones. Priesthood calls you to be with the infirm
and imprisoned, the poor and the
rich, with those whose faith is strong
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