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A Classic Message from Fr. Damian

October 15, 2007

Dear Friends.

My thinking about the role of a pastor dramatically changed twelve years ago during an annual priest retreat. As I Fr. Damian Zuerleinwas spending the week in silence and prayer, I expressed to my spiritual director that I was feeling frustrated when I reflected on my ministry and the parish responsibilities that were taking up all my time. I did not think that I was making wise use of my training nor the gifts God gave me. I was spending a lot of time running the business end of the parish and getting lost in the little details.

My director suggested I pray over a book by a moral theologian who thought the church had lost its way. The book said that the church had forgotten the command Jesus gave to the disciples before returning to heaven. He said that we were spending all of our time trying to fit into the social expectations of the world rather than the expectations of Jesus Christ. He thought we had bought the idea that the goal of the church was to help people find personal fulfillment and emotional stability. He heard too many preachers preaching a gospel of success rather than the gospel of Jesus. The command Jesus gives to his apostles before he leaves is “Go, make disciples of all nations.”

Oh. So my job was to make disciples. That is different from managing a parish. It certainly was eye-opening for me to think what success would look like from that perspective. All the things that the world said would make me a successful pastor were turned upside down by the command of Jesus. Perhaps for this approach to being a pastor, the best thing I could do for people was to help them fail. Maybe the troubles of life and its failures would form people into disciples more quickly than all of the success we could generate. God’s ultimate goal for people in this life was not comfort, but that they would act and live like his son, Jesus. Jesus told us this life would not be easy, but that it was supposed to be difficult. He asks each of us to pick up a cross.  read more...



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