So a tradition we started during our pilgrimage is to cheer and applaud every clergy, religious sister and brother that we encounter while walking around. It’s really cool because oftentimes they have a moment of confusion, embarrassment, and then gratitude. As Catholics, we hold in high regard those who choose this calling in life because without priests, we do not have the sacraments, without religious we don’t have some of the committed spiritual and material outreaches of the Church, and many other reasons as well.
The clerical and religious lifestyles are visible signs of living a totally radical life in the modern world, and future ages to come. So we thank those who choose this life because we know with a particular degree of certainty that they are being who God calls them to be.