Tuesday, June 18, 2019



In light of upcoming priest personnel changes, I want to share with you a “chain letter” that I received through the mail a few years ago.

It said, “A recent survey in America has compiled all the qualities that people expect from the perfect priest. These were fed into a computer and the results showed that the perfect priest was 28 years of age, tall, slim, athletic and handsome.

He preaches for exactly ten minutes. He frequently condemns sin and social evils, but never upsets anyone. He works tirelessly from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm and is also a janitor.

He earns $100 a week, wears good clothes, buys good books, drives a good car and gives about $50 a week to the poor.

He is a man of limitless patience, gentleness and kindness, but also strong, vigorous and a decisive leader.

He gives of himself completely to others, but never gets too close to anyone lest he be criticized.

He has a burning desire to work with teenagers, but spends all his time with senior citizens.

He spends his entire day in parish visitations, in comforting the sick and bereaved and in working in the schools, but is always in the office when anyone phones or calls.

He is a man of deep spirituality and wide learning, but of down-to-earth practicality, a capable administrator, a financial genius, a wise counselor, an architect and a builder.

If your priest does not measure up to these expectations, simply send this letter to six other parishes also tired of their priest. Then bundle up your priest and send him to the church at the top of the list. In one week you will receive 1,643 priests in return, and at least one of these should be perfect.

Have faith in this letter. One parish broke the chain and got their old priest back in less than three weeks!”

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Seriously, people, pray for your priests - active, retired and active-retired! 

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