A holy priest is a savior and another Christ
taking the Master’s place on earth,
representing Him, clothed with His authority,
acting in His name, adorned with His qualifications,
exercising His judgment on earth
in the tribunal of penance.
He is consecrated to exercise the highest functions
Christ ever performed on earth,
to continue the work of salvation.
In imitation of His Redeemer, he gives himself,-St. John Eudes
mind, heart, affections, strength, time, all for God.
He is ever ready to sacrifice his very blood
and even life itself to procure the salvation of souls,
particularly those of his own flock.