On the Catholic Priesthood
Thursday February 07, 2019
Thou art of the gods and of the sons of the Most High, Human is the dignity of a king; divine that of a priest. When a king dies, honors and power forsake him; when a priest dies, his priesthood remains forever, A king commands men, a priest God himself; a powerful king conquers his enemies; a true priest overcomes the world. A king can imprison the body or otherwise punish it; a priest can bind the soul itself. A king can free captives from bodily chains; a priest can free souls from the tyranny of the devil and the snares of sin. A king can do nothing save on earth; a priest is powerful in heaven itself. A king may possess the treasures of the world ; a priest holds those of heaven. A king may send gifts to kings; a priest holds aloft sacrifice to the God of heaven; A king offers gold; a priest offers God himself. His voice penetrates the heavens whence he draws graces; there he appeases and moves God; there he exercises judgment over men. In very truth his sentence precedes the sentence of God; whatsoever he loosens or binds is loosened or bound in heaven.
Source: An Epitome of the Priestly Life,