Western Rite Critic

A Balance to Contagious Enthusiasm

To the Priests


Priest“The Church is not an activity or an interest. It is a new life in Christ of which the priest is the elect vessel. And unworthy as he inevitably will be, he may not relax his effort or indulge his personal fancies or seek glory from it…
No throngs of eager converts await the magic of his words. No successful parishes have openings for him. No souls will be transformed automatically by the fact of his ordination…Tribulations of a different kind beset the American Orthodox missionary. They are subtler, prosaic, protracted. Often he must work in solitude for years with undeviating loyalty to his calling. Those who wire a building may not live to see the lights turned on. And in the new building which is America, those who feel called…can expect no glory, reward or fun. For they build for a future which they may not see.” – Bishop (later Fr.) Alexander Turner, SSB
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February 28, 2008 - Posted by | Western Rite Quotes | , ,

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