On Priesthood…

We are the imposters

who speak the truth.

The unknown men

whom all men know.


we live on.

Disciplined by suffering

we are done to death.

In our sorrow

we have always cause for joy.

Poor ourselves

we bring wealth to many.


we own the world.

–Fr. James Burtchael, CSC

6 Responses to On Priesthood…

  1. Pablo says:

    Took me a few minutes to comprendo this profound writing.


  2. thefrenchchick says:

    I’m still trying to understand the “imposter” part.

  3. Fr. J. says:

    Frenchchick, thanks for the message. I am not the author, but I believe it is a play on “in persona christi” which means that it is Christ who is acting in the person of the priest or that the priest acts on behalf of Christ. He is not Christ, but stand in his place. Poetically speaking, the priest is an imposter for he stands for Christ but is not Christ. As a sinner, the priest is at best a poor image of Christ. Yet, Christ chooses as his agents those who may represent him poorly. The word imposter sets up the paradoxes which are found in the rest of the couplets.

  4. Beautiful poem and beautiful explanation

  5. thefrenchchick says:

    Thanks Fr J.

  6. Hi there, its nice paragraph concerning media
    print, we all know media is a fantastic source of facts.

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