Re: the previous post. Now I really need to get to work. I have a lot of work to do. It's all good stuff, but I am way behind on it.
Can I make a simple observation? There need to be more priests to do priestly stuff like offering the sacraments, spiritual direction, etc. The more that lay people get turned on to their faith authentically, the greater the need for the kind of priest I am describing. Here is an example. This weekend we had a silent retreat for 20 students. Now practically all 20 want spiritual direction, and there is not a huge pool of potential spiritual directors out there. See what I mean? This is the best kind of problem to have, but it is a problem. Some people advance the notion that when lay people take up their rightful role in the Church, there will be a decrease in the need for priests. Not at all -- just the opposite actually!
Being a priest is not all that glamorous. You really do not get to do the "cutting edge" stuff. But you do get to sacrifice yourself in lots of little ways. For example, for me campus ministry requires sleep deprivation :-) There is just no other way for me to do it since I naturally wake up early but need to say up later. Although I realize that by responding to a vocation to the priesthood, some very talented young men will be taking themselves out of the cool New Evangelization talent pool. Yet by being willing to do some of the unglamorous grunt stuff like hearing confessions, they will be the hidden foundations of the beautiful new structures of the New Evangelization.
Now, back to humility ;-)