The priesthood

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasure;
to be a member of every family, yet not belong to none;
to share all sufferings;
to penetrate all secrets,
to heal all wounds;
to go daily from men to God to offer Him their homage and petitions;
to return from God to men to bring them His pardon and hope;
to have a fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity;
to bless and be blessed forever.
O God, what a life!
And it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!

J.B. Henri Lacordaire, OP