“Blessed is the bishop who does not shut himself up in the palaces of governance, who does not become a bureaucrat who is more attentive to statistics than to faces, to procedures than to stories, who is seeking to fight alongside humanity for God’s dream of justice because the Lord, encountered in the silence of daily prayer, will be his nourishment.
It’s always a temptation to hole up at a desk. I’ve been guilty of it. There is paperwork in ministry. But the key is an open door, plus an understanding that dropping in and interrupting solo work is generally welcome. Another good practice is to work in an open space in the parish center, if need be.
There is a reason to be by oneself, and likely only one: prayer.
The original text is here, in Italian. Pope Francis got wind of it, had it printed on a card and gave it to each of the Italian bishops at a recent meeting.