The Priest in the Community: Let the Bush Burn
“Every priest has a spiritual pedigree. The priest is another wax candle to burn down on the altar. The priest’s job is to burn like the bush in front of the laity. That is his job, it is his purpose.”
Join Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne for episode 43 of ‘The Brendan Option’ where he discusses the importance of the priest’s role as spiritual leader within the community.
“We’re Catholics; we expect the bush to burn. It’s not a metaphor, a nice thought, a little fairytale… most Catholic stories would make a kid’s hair stand on end, they’d never sleep for the rest of their lives! That’s what the priest is supposed to be doing within the community… burning, dying, ending up a blackened charred stump so God can speak.”
“We go out into the community so that God can speak to the community.” “God spare us from easygoing, lovable priests who never make waves. Sometimes I think the devil wears a cardigan, slippers, and a pipe… affable, easygoing, inoffesive.”