My dear brothers in the priesthood,
Fifty years ago, in 1966, Karl Rahner wrote some words about the priest of the future, which now seem to have a prophetic ring to them. Tomorrow’s priest, he said, may not have a power drawn from the social prestige of the Church, but will have the courage to carry out his ministry even without prestige and power. He will calmly see God’s triumph at work even if he himself feels defeated. He will know that he is in God’s service and on God’s mission, even if he cannot always measure the power of grace. He will be a man whose vocation is his life, and whose life will be to believe and hope and love from his own innermost experience of God and God’s grace.