We priests or religious must be very careful of resentment. If we allow it a place in our heart and our thoughts, or--God forbid--nourish it there, we will soon find it emerging in uncharity of speech and our attention will rejoice in those opportunities to be dragged into gossip, detraction, or worse. We must always remember that we chose this life. Yes, we were called by God and our call was confirmed by the Church, but in the end it is we ourselves who consented to accepting this life. We asked for the crosses that come with this life, and so when we are faced with the temptation to see ourselves as victims of the particular sadnesses, anxieities, and interior poverties of our vocation, we must resist these dangerous self-pities with all of the zeal and strength we can. If we do not actively resist these tempations, we will find our resentment and self-pity reemerging from ourselves first as stupid and distracting sensualities, second as impatience and uncharity in speech and ministry, and finally as the toxic boredom that afflicts too many of us already.
Penance: the old 'ten and ten.'