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The Personal Life of a Priest
In the previous section we have seen a lot about prayer, service and sacrifice in the life of a priest, and some people may think that it is utterly miserable. But as we saw earlier the priest is still a man, and as a man also requires a personal life. That being said, his personal life should never contradict his life as a priest. The man and the priest compliment each other and are not mutually exclusive. So here are some common questions that arise when people think of priests, along with their answers.
CAN PRIESTS BE HAPPY?
Yes – In fact, priests have every reason to be happy as they are messengers of ‘Good News’ and bring others to happiness in the Lord. True happiness for any person is only attainable by living out our God-given vocation with faithfulness. Even in the most difficult circumstances it is possible to be happy in the Lord because ‘everything is possible with God’.
IS THERE TIME FOR FUN AND RECREATION?
A priest should never be overburdened by his schedule. An overworked priest is a less effective priest, so fun and recreation are essential. Whether it be playing football, swimming, going to watch a rugby match, reading, listening to music, going to the cinema, eating out or any other wholesome recreation a priest needs to have some quality time for himself. However we shouldn’t limit recreation to activities such as these, as the sould needs some ‘me’ time as well, which is why priests are encouraged to go on retreat each year.
HOW CAN A PRIEST AFFORD TO HAVE SOME RECREATION?
Contrary to popular belief, money doesn’t make the world turn! The rewards for a priest stretch beyond this world! All Christians should live a spirit of poverty and to not be unduly attached to the things of this world. Priests are particularly called to live out spiritual poverty and be an example of it in the Church. The people support their priests and provide for our material including providing a place to live, food to eat, etc. While you will not be a millionaire if you become a priest, there is no reason why you will not have sufficient means to live including recreation!
WOULD I BE ABLE TO VISIT MY FAMILY IF I AM A PRIEST?
Every priest has a day off each week. Depending how close your family live, you could them each week. You may choose to use your day off for other activities, the choice is yours. Other priests with older or sick parents rmay need more time to look after them, in cooperation with the diocese flexiblity is possible.
DO PRIESTS HAVE HOLIDAY TIME?
Absolutely! In fact it is written into Church law (Canon Law). The amount of time will be dictated by your diocese, but you may take your holiday time in any number of ways: with family, with a group of priests, traveling to different parts of the country or the world.