Jesus calls certain men to a life of unique devotion to him. This call is experienced at different times and in different ways. For some, it comes early in life. For others, the call comes much later.
A Priest offers the one sacrifice of Jesus made present on the Altar. In union with that sacrifice, he also offers all his prayers, the breviary, his sweat, his anxieties, and indeed his very own body in chaste celibacy to the Lord.
The Priest opens up the Word for the people of God, preaching the Truth in season or out of season.
The Priest serves his people, leading them on the path to salvation. He goes out for the lost sheep, and brings everyone into the one flock of Jesus Christ.