If priests want the people entrusted to their care to develop a meaningful spiritual life, they must provide a living example of what that is.
In A Life of Daring Simplicity: Daily Meditations on the Priesthood Michael Becker helps priests provide that example. Monsignor Becker has gathered a powerful collection of reflections drawn from an impressively wide array of great spiritual guides. Pope John Paul II is well-represented here and so is Karl Rahner and Pope Francis. We also hear from Catherine de Hueck Doherty and Adrian Von Speyr, Pedro Arrupe and Columba Marmion, and many more. Each passage challenges priests to reflect on their own vocation. Every page is filled with holy wisdom that will nourish priestly ministry and invite readers to embrace "a life of daring simplicity"—words used by Blessed Pope John XXIII to describe his own life.
Each day includes a Scripture verse, an inspiring insight on the priestly life, and a closing prayer or question to prompt deeper reflection. Spend a few minutes every day with these meditations and you will deepen your own commitment to your ministry and find ever more zeal to serve those entrusted to your care.Monsignor Michael A. Becker is pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and serves as sacramental minister at the Altoona Campus of Penn State University. He currently teaches homiletics at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. He has also taught at Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC, and has conducted retreats and workshops for priests and religious.