A Reflection on Priesthood (Pope Francis)

A good priest, therefore, is first of all a man with his own humanity, who knows his own history, with its riches and its wounds, who has learned to make peace with this, achieving the fundamental serenity proper to one of the Lord’s disciples … Our humanity is the “earthen vessel” in which we conserve God’s treasure, a vessel we must take care of, so as to transmit well its precious contents …. He is the “high priest,” at the same time close to God and close to man; he is the “servant”, who washes the feet and makes himself close to the weakest; he is the “good shepherd”, who always cares for his flock…

Prayer for Vocations

Loving God,
You have promised never to leave your flock unattended.
Send us good and holy priests who will desire to give their lives totally in your service.
Give to those whom you are calling into ministry the courage to say yes.
We ask this through the intercession of St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of priests, in the name of Christ our Lord.