How important is prayer in the daily life of a priest?
Prayer is of vital importance to a priest’s life. Like charging a mobile phone, it is the crucial, slow, background intake of divine energy that fuels his work and activity.
At the heart of any priest’s ministry must be a living relationship with Christ, so that the priest sees as Christ sees and loves as he loves. Pope Francis said: “It took the disciples time to really ‘become Christ’ to others so this is not a given at ordination. For this to happen, the priest needs to continue to grow in union with Christ through prayer and intimacy”.
Prayer is like a deep well from which a priest draws what Christ calls “living water” (John 4:14). Without it, he would dry up and eventually wither spiritually. He would literally run out of energy or inspiration.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?