A priest has to approach God with a humble heart because he has received everything from God. How exalted is the gift of priesthood! A priest brings the invisible God to the people through the priestly ministry; he shares with them the divinity of God.
Hence, a priest must lead a life of holiness. God is holy and the one who receives Him must not receive Him with tainted hands or unholy heart. Priesthood is thus a call to holiness; priesthood is the radiance of Jesus himself; and [the] priest is another Christ.
Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara
The Greatness of Priesthood
Chavara, K, Panthaplackal, T 2009, Guidelines for Priests in the Words of Blessed Chavara, Chavara Central Secretariat, Chavara Hills.
Featured image: Episcopal Ordination in Newcastle on 4 November 2007. Photo credit ©Mazur / catholicchurch.org.uk; see more photos from this day in the Flickr photostream of the Catholic Church of England and Wales.