What a great bishop!
The primary focus of all talks: ongoing formation is always necessary. Ergo…St. Meinrad’s infamous PPF programs.
Bishop Burns talked about the need to always, always be heralds of hope–even in the darkest hour.
He shared a story of a priest aboard one of the 9/11 planes that headed for the Pentagon. You might check out the “We were there” section of the USCCB website, which profiles a booklet written by this bishop.
The priest must be there in the person of Christ. And he must always be a herald of hope.
It’s easy for priests to get lost in themselves, in vices, in a relationship that’s gone beyond the boundaries, in their work, in their hobbies, etc….
And so the priest must always be self-disciplined enough to know the limits and stop when he gets to them.
Good advice for us all.