WHAT IS A PRIEST?
The priest is called to continue the mission of Jesus Christ by sharing in his priesthood. This means he brings Jesus’ life and power to people through the Sacraments. The priest is called to serve the needs of the Christian faithful and proclaim the Good News to all people.
WHAT DOES A PRIEST DO?
A priest does a lot of things. In general, a priest celebrates Mass each day, leads the Christian community in prayer, brings the Sacraments to people, provides for the spiritual and material needs of the people. The priest is God’s instrument in the world.
WHY DO WE NEED PRIESTS?
God has always brought his love and mercy to his people through individuals. Jesus decided to to continue his work of forgiveness and reconciliation through priests. When a priest celebrates Mass, it is Jesus who offers the sacrifice. When a priest absolves sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is Jesus who forgives. When a priest goes out to evangelise, it is Jesus calling his people home.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A PRIEST?
Following God’s path can be daunting. No athlete becomes an Olympic Champion overnight. No artist creates his masterpiece with their first stroke of a brush. When walking God’s path it is best to ask smaller questions like: “What does God want me to do right now to draw closer to him?” “Should I become a priest?” is a huge question. Instead, begin with “Lord, help me to desire what you desire of me.” Or “Should I ask the Vocations Director for some tips on discerning?”
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