A Different Suggestion for Priests
A response to: A Suggestion for Priests
Whereas I appreciate all the contributions forwarded on the topic "A Suggestion for Priests," I would also like to propose something on the same topic.
When one makes a close analysis of the nature of the priest's work, there exists only a little dichotomy with the other secular professions. But a priest is more identified with his prayer and interior life that inform his ministry. When this element is deficient, then a priest is seen like any other person practicing his profession.
The archbishop emeritus of the Kampala archdiocese in Uganda, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, commented on the shortage of priests like this: There are a few priests. Of course they are! A few in number, few in zeal, few in commitment and few in all that few may stand for.
When we read of the life of St. John Mary Vianney, we could realize how a priest with a deeper inner life can lead the people to the face of Jesus. Even if we train priests for community living and propose community life as the ideal solution without an intensified prayer life for the priest, still we could be far from the solution. We need to rediscover the value of our interior prayer life.
Fr. Ambrose John Bwangatto, M.A; STL