Quote of the day, on priests

“People say that there is a scarcity of priests. In truth, what an adorable mystery it is that there still are priests. They no longer have any human advantage. Celibacy, solitude, hatred very often, derision and, above all the indifference of a world in which there seems to be no longer room for them—such is the portion they have chosen. They have no apparent power; their task sometimes seems to be centered about material things, identifying them, in the eyes of the masses, with the staffs of town halls and of funeral parlors. A pagan atmosphere prevails all around them. The people would laugh at their virtue if they believed in it, but they do not. They are spied upon. A thousand voices accuse those who fall. As for the others, the great number, no one is surprised to see them toiling without any sort of recognition, without appreciable salary, bending over the bodies of the dying, or ambling about the parish…”

— Francois Mauriac, quoted here.

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3 responses to “Quote of the day, on priests”

  1. I am touched by this quote this morning. It describes my pastor to a tee and speaks volumes to the reasons he seems at times, quiet in a loud way. Thanks for posting this.

    Peace to all

  2. Thanks for this. Thank you to my pastor father Raymond Van De Moortell, (I doubt he will have time to read this) because he has to split himself in many parts in order to serve us and yet he does it with love, enthusiasm and tact. He hears confessions, say multiple masses, does funerals, weddings and baptisms, counsels people, teaches at the seminary, manages the seminary’s library, administers his parish. I wonder when he sleeps. He is a remarkable man, a man of great strength but also of great sensibility. He is truly an Alter Christi. God bless him.

  3. Mauriac is a great author (and Noble Prize winner I think). I’ve read both Therese Desquereax (spelling?) and Viper’s Tangle. He seems a little more nuanced than Bernanos.

    An interesting quote.

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