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?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- Can I become a bishop or cardinal and not a priest?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Can a gay man become a priest?
- I do not consider myself to be exceptionally holy, I try to pray every day and follow the commandments. I have always been very interested in the priesthood but I have never felt a burning passion for it. Could I still be called to the priesthood?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I take a vow of celibacy, will I get very lonely?
- Can I still join the priesthood if I have personal debts?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?