PODCAST | The Four Characteristics of a Priestly Soul

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In this podcast, as we celebrate the liturgical feast of St. John Vianney (August 4), Fr. Javier del Castillo explains why priests need our prayers and reflects on the four characteristics of a priestly soul according to St. Josemaria Escriva.

What You’ll Hear:

2:05 – Why should we pray for priests?
4:05 – How priests are like great chefs
5:30 – How the priesthood is a gift of God to the Church
8:25 – What is the vocation of a priest?
14:00 – How prayer for priests actually makes a difference
16:05 – St. Josemaria’s advice to his brother priests
17:35 – How St. John Vianney was a model priest
18:35 – Why St. Josemaria turned down positions of prestige
20:30 – Why St. Josemaria said that a priest is like a rug
22:40 – The four characteristics of a priestly soul, according to St. Josemaria

*This podcast was originally posted in August 2015.


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Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently serves as Vicar of Opus Dei in the Midwest (USA) and Vice President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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