Thou Art a Priest Forever

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures;  to be a member of every family, yet belonging to none;  to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds;  to daily go 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 heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity;  to bless and to be blest forever.  O God, what a life, and it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!

Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, O.P.  1802-1861