Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Josh Johnson: I Will Be Your Priest!

(View segment from 6:43 to 10:40)
After asking God and spending time praying and listening, what did both men hear?

  • They heard God’s call to be His priest.

How is the priesthood similar to fatherhood?

  • Priests and fathers give life to their children, feed them, and guide them.

What do priests give their children that is beyond the gifts of natural fatherhood?

  • Priests have the sacred power to give God’s healing to people’s souls through the sacrament of Reconciliation. -CCC 1592
  • They give supernatural life to their spiritual children through Baptism and the Eucharist.

Do priests have to be perfect in order to fulfill their vocation to the priesthood?

  • No!
  • “Since it is ultimately Christ who acts and effects salvation through the ordained minister, the unworthiness of the latter (the priest) does not prevent Christ from acting.” -CCC 1584.