"If we had faith,,,,,,,,,,

"If we had faith, we could discern God hidden in the person of the priest, like a light behind a glass." (St. John Vianney)

"When you see the priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ." (St. John Vianney)

"The Eucharist is the principal and central raison d'etre of the sacrament of the priesthood" (Pope John Paul II, 2003 A.D.)
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"[T]he principal act of a priest is to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

"Neither angel nor archangel is able to do anything in respect to what is given by God; rather Father and Son and Holy Spirit manage it all; but the priest lends his own tongue and presents his own hand." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, c. 391 A.D.)

"If the priest is called 'another Christ' and is truly such by reason of his sharing in Christ's power, should he not also become and be recognized as another Christ through imitation of Christ's deeds?" (Pope St. Pius X, "Haerent Animo", 1908 A.D.)

"If Christ Jesus, our Lord and God, is Himself the High Priest of God the Father; and if He offered Himself as a sacrifice to the Father; and if He commanded that this be done in commemoration of Himself - then certainly the priest, who imitates that which Christ did, truly functions in place of Christ." (St. Cyprian of Carthage, 3rd century A.D.)

"What care must you not take to keep yourself wholly for Him who honors you in such a way as to place Himself in your hands, and comes into them when you pronounce the words of consecration!" (St. John of Avila)

"When people want to destroy religion, they start by attacking priests, because where there are no priests, there is no sacrifice; and where there is no sacrifice, there is no religion." (St. John Vianney)

"For priests, as ministers of sacred things, are first and foremost ministers of the Sacrifice of the Mass: The role is utterly irreplaceable, because without the priest there can be no Eucharistic offering." (Pope John Paul II)

"The priest is the same, Jesus Christ, whose sacred Person His minister represents. Now the minister, by reason of the sacerdotal consecration which he has received, is made like to the High Priest and possesses the power of performing actions in virtue of Christ's very person. Wherefore in his priestly activity he in a certain manner 'lends his tongue, and gives his hand' to Christ." (Pope Pius XII, "Mediator Dei", 1947 A.D.)

"Through the character of Sacred Orders, God willed to ratify that eternal covenant of love, by which He loves His priests above all others; and they are obliged to repay God for this special love with holiness of life... So a cleric should be considered as a man chosen and set apart from the midst of the people, and blessed in a very special way with heavenly gifts - a sharer in divine power, and, to put it briefly, another Christ... He is no longer supposed to live for himself; nor can he devote himself to the interests of just his own relatives, or friends or native land... He must be aflame with charity toward everyone. Not even his thoughts, his will, his feelings belong to him, for they are rather those of Jesus Christ who is his life." (Pope Pius XII)

"With regard to the power of priests over the real body of Jesus Christ, it is of faith that when they pronounce the words of Consecration, the Incarnate Word has obliged Himself to obey and to come into their hands under the sacramental species." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

[To preachers of his order:] "I beg you, with all that is in me and more, that, when it is appropriate and you judge it profitable, you humbly beg the clergy to revere above everything else the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy written words which consecrate [His] Body." (St. Francis of Assisi)


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