As a lay person, one of the best things that I can do to celebrate the current “Year of the Priest” is to meditate on the awesome gift that Our Lord has granted us in the priesthood. It is easy to take our priests for granted, falling into the trap of criticizing the way they say Mass or finding fault with their homilies. The media blames priestly celibacy for everything from the shortage of priests to any number of sexual indiscretions. Looking at the priesthood in purely human terms causes us to miss the supernatural element of this noble vocation.
I recently wrote an article for Catholic Exchange that attempts to look at the priesthood from a Divine perspective. My hope is that by reading it, you will be able to better understand the words of St. Jean Vianney when he said, “If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds His place”.
You can read the full article at: http://catholicexchange.com/2009/07/01/120001/