Father Bauer, for seven years a chaplain in an institution for the mentally retarded, records his impressions and work, freely sharing his doubts, apprehensions and moments of joy and pleasure. Of particular interest is Father Bauer's growing awareness of the role of the chaplain in institutional care. During his residency, the author received not only warm and grateful response to his individual and collective ministrations, but also was grateful for the opportunity to ease the difficult path of some of the retarded patients. Father Bauer's success in deflecting a violent young patient from a destructive series of actions reenforced his faith and optimism. With an introduction by a Protestant chaplain, this testimony underlines Father Bauer's contention that the ecumenical movement had always flourished in endeavors of this sort. Perhaps too breathless in treatment for some tastes, this is nonetheless a reliable inspirational item in the field of religion-sponsored social work.