Asking this question is similar to asking whether it is always easy for someone to talk to their friends. The answer lies in building a relationship. Talking to friends is only easy if there is a spirit of trust, genuine affection and respect that is developed through engaging with that person over a prolonged period of time. The same is true of a priest’s relationship with God through prayer. It requires effort to develop and maintain relationships; it requires honesty, trust and love. Prayer helps to build these bonds with God, and whilst priests (like any other people) will experience periods of distance from God, the habitual practice of prayer will always help to bring them back into the arms of the best friend a man can have … Jesus Christ.