Do You Want to Be a Priest? by Dr. Donald DeMarco

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By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange, Nov. 17, 2023

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University and Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College.  He is is the author of forty-two books and a former corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy of Life.  …

This question can be applied to other areas of life.  Do you want to be married, for example?  The reasons are many:  to escape the merry-go-round of dating, because two can live as cheaply as one, because it would please my parents.  These, of course, are fringe benefits at best, but avoid the real meaning of marriage.  Likewise, to the question, do you want to be the President of the United States, one could say that it would bring wealth, fame, interesting company, and travel at the country’s expense.  But would you be prepared to deal with endless criticism, political slander, overwhelming responsibilities and retain enough integrity and wisdom to meet the real demands of the presidency?

And so, we ask the question, do you want to be a priest? There is a multitude of fringe benefits:  admiration, someone to make your meals, a nice place to live which you could not otherwise afford, etc.  But do you want to accept the most essential demand of the priesthood? …

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