The front of this card has a gold, embossed chalice above a quotation from Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire about the priesthood. The back of the card has an inscription commemorating the ordination and first solemn mass of Father Leo Spring on April 2nd and 3rd, 1932. The card was printed by an unknown publisher in 1927.
Thou Art A Priest Forever. 'To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to teach and to pardon, console and bless always, My God, what a life! And it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ!' Lacordaire (front) 'May the blessing of Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, descend upon you and remain forever.' A Remembrance of my Ordination to the Holy Priesthood April 2nd, 1932 and of my First Solemn Mass April 3rd, 1932 Leo M. Spring. 'O Jesus, be on this day a token of my gratitude. Bless those who led me to Thy Holy Altar.' Pray for me (back)
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