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A Man Approved

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A Man Approved

 by Rev. Leo J. Trese

"There is only one thing I do which pertains essentially to my priesthood…and that is my offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

By eternal standards, nothing else that I do matters much."

- Rev. Leo J. Trese

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”



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