Beatitudes for Bishops IV

Blessed is the bishop who has a heart for the misery of the world, who is not afraid to dirty his hands with the mud of the human soul in order to find God’s gold, who is not scandalized by the sin and frailty of others because he is aware of his own misery, so that the gaze of the Risen Crucified One will be a seal of infinite forgiveness for him.

Thus we have the 4th Beatitude for Bishops, that might apply to priests, parents, ministers, and even ordinary lay people outside of any particular role.

The world’s misery is to be found everywhere, not just in abject poverty. It may well involve listening to a person who was abused. It may involve being with someone who has lived a life we would find dirty or muddy. Are we prepare to be with them. Remember the lost son of Luke 15: however stained, dirty, and tattered he was, the Father embraced him readily, without thinking, and without needing the whole confession.

The original text is here, in Italian.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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