On the Catholic Priesthood
The Word of God
This connotes the man of God. The priest is man of God - that is, he ought to be.
If he is, he will give the word of God; If he is not, he speaks and works in his own human spirit; and as the priest, so the people.
What untold misery has followed in the Church in times gone by, because pastors have not been men of God! "They sound forth the word, but they give not the spirit. Arianism and Protestantism were largely the outcome of unworthy priests. It is the spirit and the power and the touch of God that souls need, and for this we want men of God - that is, men of prayer who are "all for God," who live and work by Him, and according to Him. "If any man speak, let him speak as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it as of the power that God administereth, that in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ.