“I myself am nothing, but by the grace of the piresthood, by bestowing upon others the Divine Body and Blood, I become the second or third means of healing sicknesses. Through methe grace of the Spirit gives new life to infants and grown persons; administers in the sacrament of the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Jeuss Christ uniting believers with the Godhead; through me it looses or binds the sins of men, opens or closes heaven, gives salutary counsels, rules, etc. O, how venerable is the office of the priest! Do you see, brethren, how many benefits the Creator and Savior pours upon your through priests?”

From “My Life in Christ” by St. John of Kronstadt (Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery Press, 1994)