Being back in Louisburg I wanted to establish a closer relationship with Monsignor Bergman. I had heard great things about him (I mean … he's a Catholic Monsignor, is there anything bad to say?) and was looking forward to getting to know him more personally. Our first conversation had me blown away with the life he's lived: studying in Rome, working in the Vatican, being familiar with many cultures and languages - I was impressed.
Learning so much about his life had me very excited, brainstorming all of the ways we could use his experiences to draw in a crowd to the parish:
"Monsignor! You're such a cool cat. Let's use some of your experiences to shine some light on the parish and spice up the website."
His wise response back to me was (in summary):
On Palm Sunday, it would have been pretty easy for the donkey to assume that all of the ribbons and robes and decorations and celebrations were for him as he brought Jesus into Jerusalem. But we all know the show wasn't for him. His duty was carrying Jesus into the city, bringing the people their savior.
That's Monsignor Bergman's outlook on his duty to our parish. He is here to carry us closer to God and to let us be the show.
This got me thinking…what if everyone had this outlook? What if we worked not for our own self-interest, but solely for the betterment of others? Monsignor has made great accomplishments throughout his life, but only to put himself in a position that improves his ability to help others. Whether it is through improving your education, certifications, or financial success, use your "upper hand" on the world for good. Be the donkey for your family, your community, the world - because just like that donkey, you're still a -very important- part of the show.
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