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A Priest Forever

I picked up “A Priest Forever: The Life of Father Eugene Hamilton” by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.  This book is an inspirationational tale Father Eugene Hamilton who (not really a spoiler alert) was ordained a Priest for 3 hours before he died of a terminal illness.  This book highlights that the life of a priest is not about actions taken, but rather, about WHO the priest is.  Father Hamilton would never pray Mass, hear confession, baptise, witness a marriage (I think, I haven’t gotten that far), but it was not about the sacraments, it was about the sacrifice.

His ordination required special permission from His Holiness, John Paul the Great, and for good reason.  This young man, who died at 24 years old, had a special understanding of the priesthood and the role of a Catholic in the public forum.  During his application process for the seminary he wrote of his time as the student body president, saying:

There is an obligation to be a witness to the Catholic faith as well as remain true to the mission of the institution.  Such a is becomming even more pronounced on campuses [and senate, and congress, and the executive branch, and the courts, and state legislatures] across the country.  Catholic higher education [and the other institutions] is at a crossroads, where the Seekers of Truth must once again meet Him Who is the Truth.

What an amazing insight for anyone to have.

If you are interested in this book, check it out here

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3 Comments »

  1. I heard about this book from Father Groeschel on his “Sunday Night Live” show. What an amazing story of a Priest!

    Comment by Christine Pennacchio | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. […] July 8, 2010 · Leave a Comment Here’s an interesting faith-based review of a biography about a Catholic priest called A Priest Forever. According to the blog writer, its an exceptional story of a very devout man who died to young, but who was nonetheless dedicated to his eternal vocation.  As a Catholic library professional, I’ve found this book review to be a good example of the great writing on this blog – take a minute and give it a try. I picked up “A Priest Forever: The Life of Father Eugene Hamilton” by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.  This book is an inspirationational tale Father Eugene Hamilton who (not really a spoiler alert) was ordained a Priest for 3 hours before he died of a terminal illness.  This book highlights that the life of a priest is not about actions taken, but rather, about WHO the priest is.  Father Hamilton would never pray Mass, hear confession, baptise, w … Read More […]

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  3. […] July 8, 2010 · Leave a Comment Here’s an interesting faith-based review of a biography about a Catholic priest called A Priest Forever. According to the blog writer, its an exceptional story of a very devout man who died to young, but who was nonetheless dedicated to his eternal vocation.  As a Catholic library professional, I’ve found this book review to be a good example of the great writing on this blog – take a minute and give it a try. I picked up “A Priest Forever: The Life of Father Eugene Hamilton” by Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.  This book is an inspirationational tale Father Eugene Hamilton who (not really a spoiler alert) was ordained a Priest for 3 hours before he died of a terminal illness.  This book highlights that the life of a priest is not about actions taken, but rather, about WHO the priest is.  Father Hamilton would never pray Mass, hear confession, baptise, w … Read More […]

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