should the personality of a priest be?
no one personality type that is suited to the priesthood. Priests
have diverse personalities. What is important is for each priest to
know himself and use his personality for the service and glory of God.
priest is an alter Christus. When he stands before the people
in his sacramental and liturgical role, his personality is
diminished. It is not a performance centered on the personality of
the priest, but a corporate act of worship. Indeed, a "cult of
personality" as so often arises in modern faith communities is
quite contrary to the Catholic faith. It is Christ who is elevated
and the priest who is diminished.
So, do not
worry whether or not you have the so-called "personality of a
priest" according to some formula. Instead, consider whether or
not you feel a calling in your heart to put your entire life in the
service of God through the Sacred Ministry.
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