According to an article on www.superscholar.org, a comprehensive University of Chicago study has found that clergy occupy the number one position on a list of the “top occupations in job satisfaction.” The folks at Superscholar claim that “Clergy are happy because they want to help people, and often do, and have a fair amount of authority in their own church.” So the more clout a priest carries in his parish or diocese, the happier he’ll be? Hmm.
The Synod Fathers believe it is for a different reason that priests take joy in their vocations. As quoted by Pope John Paul II in the Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores Dabo Vobis”:
“’Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are united sacramentally to him in the ministerial priesthood. Our priestly life and activity continue the life and activity of Christ himself. Here lies our identity, our true dignity, the source of our joy, the very basis of our life.’” (Final Message of the Synod Fathers to the People of God, October 28, 1990)