Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Shepherds or shearers

A very apt analogy of a formator-formee relationship was drawn by Fr Alex (INK). He drew inspiration from Pope Francis who spoke of the sheep and shepherd.
Be shepherds, not shearers! 
The shearer does not know the sheep. He need not feed them nor look after them when they fall ill. The sheep are brought to him. All that matters for him is the wool, what he gets from them. Note, the wool is not for him. Therefore he is not 'greedy' or selfish!

On the other hand, the shepherd, knows the sheep. He is with them all along. He is genuinely interested in them, their well-being.  Most importantly, the sheep know him.

We could be the shearer or the shepherd... the choice is always open!

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