Mar 26, 2010
Alfred McBride, O.Praem. Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-86716-954-6 $12.95
This book by Norbertine Fr. Alfred McBride is an encouraging book for today’s priests, many of whom are overworked, getting older, and fewer in numbers. “A Priest Forever” is a source and encouragement for priestly renewal. The book focuses on the role and person of the priest and addresses a variety of corollary topics.
Throughout the book, Fr. McBride encourages priests to be more attentive and aware of what they are doing when celebrating the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. He also reminds them to make some time every day for prayer. Another thing he touches on is a reminder to include social justice in the priestly ministry, but not to let it be the center of their ministry. The focal place of a priest’s ministry belongs to Christ, says Fr. McBride. He suggests that priests mix Catholic social teachings with what they say and do.
McBride captures his audience by using quotes from various saints, popes as well as ordinary priests and people. He also utilizes relevant stories to augment the point he is making in any particular chapter.