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What the saints say

“As Christian faithful, priests and lay people share one and the same condition, for God our Lord has called us all to the fullness of charity, which is holiness….There is no such thing as second class holiness: either we put up a constant fight to stay in the grace of God and imitate Christ our model, or we abandon that divine battle.

“God invites everyone; each person can become holy in his own state of life.”

St Josemaria Escriva, found of Opus Dei

 

“The story of my priestly vocation? it is known above all to God. At its deepest level, every vocation to the priesthood is a great mystery; it is a gift which infinitely transcends the individual. Every priest experiences this clearly throughout the course of his life. Faced with greatness of the gift, we sense our own inadequacy. A vocation is a mystery of divine election: ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go a bear fruit and that your fruit should abide (John 15:16)’. ‘And one does not take the honour upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was’ (Heb 5:4). ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations’ (Jer 1:5).

“These inspired words cannot fail to move deeply the heart of every priest. So when we speak about the priesthood and give our witness, we must do so with great humility, knowing that God ‘has called us with a holy calling not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us’ (2Tim 1:9).”

Blessed Pope John Paul II

 

“Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. when we see a priests, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“Oh, how great is a priest! if he understands himself he would die…”

St John Vianney