A Priest

By Lacordaire
(1802 - 1861)

To live in the midst of the world
without wishing its pleasures;
to be a member of each family,
yet belonging to none;
to share all suffering;
to penetrate all secrets;
to heal all wounds;
to go from men to God
and offer Him their prayers;
to return from God to men
to bring pardon and hope.
To have a heart of fire for Charity,
and a heart of bronze for Chastity.
To teach and to pardon,
console and bless always.
My God, what a life;
and it is yours,
O priest of Jesus Christ.