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The Essence of a Priest
A priest is the reflected light of Christ.
He is the beauty of Mary,
the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
He shines, he shepherds, he inspires.
He is humble and honest. He is steadfast
when the forces of evil seem to prevail.
He is grateful and merciful; he bears
his crosses with patience and
perseverance. He rejoices
when a soul returns to the fold.
He weeps at our struggles and sorrows.
He overcomes challenges with
confidence and faith. He comforts, listens
and prays. He gives of himself without
counting the cost. He is a guest in the heart
of Jesus and Mary. He is God’s magnificent
soldier — God’s great “Amen.”