Trese, Leo J
1975 1185

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Fr. Leo Trese was the last of five children, born in Michigan in 1902 to a grocer and his wife. Everyone worked in the family store—which, he noted, like all such, extended credit to virtually all its customers (your word was your bond a hundred years ago). He grew up reading books at the library, and entered the Benedictines as a young man, teaching at a Catholic girls school and working with orphans. He wrote seven very popular books and many articles, “with two fingers on my typewriter.” He spent his spare time “bowling, golfing, playing cards with my priest friends, and a little visiting with my ten nieces and nephews and their 35 children.” This book for priests was written also to show laypeople how to deal with them, understand them, and help them in their highest calling.

“Eminently practical, and at times almost shocking in its frankness.”—Theological Studies

  • The importance of priestly duties of Mass, Divine Office and mental prayer
  • The proper attitude of a priest in Confession
  • Practical advice for sermon preparation and preaching
  • The importance of poverty and obedience, even for a secular priest
  • On chastity: “If a priest were to betray his own vow, his fall wouldn’t begin with a lack of discretion. It would begin with a neglect of the spirit and practice of prayer.”
  • “Charity is the virtue that ought to be the burden of all our prayers.”
  • Reflections on pride and humility
  • Recreation for the priest
  • The marks of the truly “apostolic priest”
  • 19 suggestions for good reading
  • Fr. Trese’s unique meditations on the Passion, Real Presence, Mary
  • Motivation for maintaining the habit of a daily Holy Hour
  • What is sure to “transform our lives as priests”

“Here a very human priest tries to show what a priest really aims at and, even when he does not quite make the goal, draws the affection and understanding of all laymen—from whom, after all, the priest has come….Our own impression is that Father Trese has done the priesthood a great service by his books—to priests, to the Catholic laity, and to those who, though not Catholics, are drawn to admire Catholic priests.”—Ave Maria Magazine, 1953

“What is wrapped up in dusty tomes, he puts briefly and with hard-hitting practicality….In the chapters dealing with the layman’s role in the Church and the world vision of the priest, Father Trese makes a contribution to the spirituality of the priesthood in the modern world that can be found in no other book for priests in the English language.”—Commonweal

SKU/ISBN: RCB-AMA Author: Trese, Leo J Publisher: Roman Catholic Books
A Man Approved
1975 1185

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