When we find authentic and holy priests who present Christ to us, we find something special. That's what the people found with the Apostles and they wouldn't give them a moment's rest. They didn't even have a chance to eat! Many faithful priests today - and the overwhelming majority of priests of the past 2000 years have been faithful - have their appointment books full day and night. People come to them in droves for spiritual direction, guidance, advice, instruction, prayer, healing, and Confession. They come to them as they come to Christ. Every priest is alter Christus (another Christ). Authentic, holy, and faithful priests of Jesus Christ give people a true encounter with Christ.
Finally, to be Catholic means to believe in the priesthood. Just as we believe that a change takes place during Mass in the bread and wine (they become the Body and Blood of Christ), so too do we believe that a change takes place in the priest (he becomes the person of Christ…in persona Christi). This is why we hear the words, “this is my body”, and not ‘this is his body’. It is really Christ saying the Mass; it is really Christ saying “I absolve you of your sins” in Confession. This is radical! This is the true nature of the priesthood. It is awesome! This is what I and every faithful priest wants to offer you: a real experience and true encounter with Jesus Christ.