A hardened priest (not me!) speaks to seminarians

Here’s an interesting article for men discerning a priestly vocation. It enumerates some of the pitfalls of priestly ministry, which might come as a surprise to the starry-eyed romantic. The article is written by an Orthodox priest for Orthodox seminarians, but it’s certainly suitable to Catholic counterparts. Most of the advice is spot on: “Priests are for parishes”; “If you can’t obey then don’t try to play”; “You are there to serve these people”. Some of the detail is overstated, but that’s forgivable in view of the intended audience. A bit of hyperbole is probably necessary to dislodge their...

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