The priest is the most powerful man alive. A frail, dying priest is more powerful than the strongest bodybuilder or the wealthiest celebrity or the most influential politician.
Power is the capacity to make change occur. Lots of people have the power to create change in this world, for better or for worse. But none of them have the power of the Roman Catholic priest: the power to command God of the universe…and God obeys! This is true power, the most ultimate change.
As Saint Alphonsus Liguori says, “The dignity of the priesthood is also estimated from the power that he has over the real and the mystical body of Jesus Christ. When they pronounce the words of consecration, the Incarnate Word has obliged Himself to obey and to come into their hands under the sacramental species. Imagine. The Lord God, obeying the voice of a man…”
~ Fr. Anthony Federico
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Fr. Michael Casey