A beautiful, inspiring vision of priestly life — drawn from the witness of saints and martyrs and the spiritual masters of the Catholic tradition, this is a book for seminarians, priests and anyone seeking to discern the mystery of the priesthood in God’s plan. Archbishop Gomez writes: "What distinguishes the priest always is his heart. The priest has a special heart — the heart of a disciple and a missionary; a heart that longs to share the joy of Jesus Christ with his brothers and sisters. Men do not come to the priesthood because they have calculated that it will be a good professional move. They do not come for the money or even the opportunity to do useful and interesting work. They come because they are compelled to come, because they have heard a call. Like Abraham and Mary. Like James and John and all the Twelve apostles. … To heed such a call, a call that comes personally from the living God, a man needs a generous heart. To live out that call over the course of a lifetime, to give himself totally to God, a man needs a brave heart. Nothing human is alien to the priest. He sees it all. Every parish is a microcosm, a miniature world in which countless human dramas and dreams play out. The priest walks with his people as they are born and as they die; he is with them in times of joy and times of sorrow; in sickness and suffering, in health and happiness."