A Prophet for the Priesthood

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by Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Written with true piety and erudition, this 173-page book by Father John A. Hardon cuts to the heart of the trials facing the Church today by retelling the life story of Father Gerald Fitzgerald.

Fr. Gerald was a man who clearly understood the Holy Church's teaching that priests must resist all temptation to compromise with the world. He knew clearly, as few of his contemporaries did, that what the Church needed most in these times are priests who are not only unseduced by the world, but who are faithful ambassadors of Christ instead. As we walk through Fr. Gerald's life and peer into his priestly mind, we come upon a man who was chosen by Providence to teach priests who they are and why they were ordained. In Fr. Gerald's words, “A good priest is a prisoner of love for Our Lord because Our Lord is a prisoner of love for him.”