August 7, 2015
With the new school year nearly upon us, the following words of Pope Francis challenge us to practice the “art of accompaniment.” The words come from his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.
“The Church will have to initiate everyone into the “art of accompaniment” – which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.
The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, offering a compassionate gaze that also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life.
Today more than ever we need men and women who, on the basis of their experience of accompanying others, are familiar with processes which call for prudence, understanding, patience, and docility to the Spirit, so that they can protect the sheep from wolves who would scatter the flock.”
Charged with the responsibility of educating young people, we must be willing to:
- Do everything we do with a servant’s heart
- Get out of our comfort zone and be willing to feed everyone we encounter
- Recognize that our work is never done
We must stay at it — there are plenty of “wolves who would scatter the flock.”