A friend of mine from HS celebrated his 2nd year as a priest this past May. When I'd heard he made the decision to become a priest, I was thrilled. He'd always been such a sweetheart in HS, and I couldn't help but smile to think of the wonderful priest he'd make.
This priest and I have a mutual friend - also from High School - who has made fun of this priest for his "conservative" nature. I admit being shocked at this mean streak against our mutual friend, and chided him for such remarks. This friend continued to complain about the priest, saying he was too long-winded, he prayed older prayers, or he didn't know what he was doing on the altar. *Shakes head* I probably should have sternly reprimanded him for such arrogance, but instead, I calmly directed the conversation in a different direction to remove the threat of offense. My heart still breaks just thinking about that.
However, it also rejoices, because those complaints are things I look upon with pride! A priest who is not afraid to delve into traditional Catholicism! A priest who is looking to call us back to the "old ways." A priest who is content to have us think on our sins with proper time and thoughtfulness! I knew he'd be a blessing - and he hasn't disappointed.
So in light of him, the two from the article, and all priests (past, present and future), let us hug them in prayer and thank God for their blessings. Let us also pray that they always keep close to the Savior they daily caress, and feel forever the Presence of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.