[quote="Richard320, post:6, topic:274164"]
From what I've seen, retired priests get to finally do what they wanted to do all along: priest stuff.
Truth be told, those who remain healthy and vibrant do truly enjoy their restored ministry in retirement. Somehow very fitting ...
I love speaking to and learning from our elder priests. They should be treasured in every respect.
We were fortunate enough to have our youngest child baptised (initiated, in our Rite) by the pastor emeritus of our parish. Although he was frail (in his 80s) and needed the assistance of the deacon with some of the more physical aspects of the ritual, you could tell from the glean in his eye that he was truly pleased to have occasion to perform this sacramental act. Our baptisms are often done at the beginning of the Sunday Divine Liturgy (Mass). Father later shared in his homily that he hadn't performed a baptism since he retired, and was filled with joy to have occasion to do so once again, especially since he didn't have to do the paperwork! ;)
We pray for all of our retired priests, that they remain in the grace of the Holy Spirit, and continue their peaceful and unencumbered ministry with the respect and dignity they deserve.