Priests are at their best when we don’t notice them. The moment we begin to notice, we become wary. When he or she, whether laity of clergy, pretends to do God’s work for us, an alarm sounds. There have been thousands upon thousands of good priests whose names we will never know; their anonymity suggests their authenticity.
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.