St. John Paul II:
"The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!"
St. John Marie Vianney:
"The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ....O, how great is the priest! ... If he realized what he is, he would die."
St. John Chrysostom:
“I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea.”