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Through in-depth interviews, four prominent Church leaders refl ect on the mission of the Catholic priest in the modern world. They discuss how changes in the Church and the societies in which Catholics live present priests with both challenges and opportunities to be teachers, fathers, physicians, and shepherds in imitation of Jesus Christ. In order to better understand these four images, four priests—Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Cardinal George Pell, and Msgr. Livio Melina— present their personal insights on the meaning and the future of the priestly vocation. Within the framework of an extended conversation with Father Carlos Granados, they offer vivid, straightforward testimonies of their own experiences while raising and answering the major questions about the priesthood today.
"One of this book's most important insights is that there is no better way for a priest to fulfill his sacred calling than by being a prayerful, truthful, compassionate, and loving man of God."
— Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C., Author, Champions of the Rosary
"Through four lengthy interviews with steadfast guides and seasoned Churchmen, Father Granados' book will help a new generation of priests understand what makes a man an alter Christus—teacher, father, physician, shepherd—but above all a lover of souls and a man fi lled with the alluring joy of Christ's own heart."
— Fr. David Meconi, S.J., Editor, Homiletic & Pastoral Review
"A must read for anyone wishing to break through the sometimes superfi cial analyses given, and facile solutions proposed, to the complex problems facing the Church today. It is especially so for priests, who will find renewal in their own call to be teacher, father, physician, and shepherd of Christ's people from the depth of knowledge and priestly spirituality of these four prominent Churchmen."
— Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco
"Father Granados introduces the reader to four excellent examples of priests who love Jesus Christ, his Church, and his Gospel. They seek God, truth, and service of others rather than power to change the Gospel. The Church needs their voices to prepare us for an authentic Catholic future."
— Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Host of EWTN Live
"The interview format of this book not only helps retain reader interest but conveys the personal nature of these refl ections. The three bishops and one priest come from diverse backgrounds and have had very different ministerial experiences, yet the underlying conviction that comes across loud and clear is that the very foundation of priesthood is fatherhood originating in the Fatherhood of God."
— Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., Editor, The Catholic Response