WHEN SHEPHERDS SMELL LIKE SHEEP

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

When Pope Francis appointed little known Blase Cupich to be archbishop of Chicago, the third largest diocese in the country, he justified his decision by saying he wanted “shepherds who smell like their sheep.”

I like that phrase. It implies a servant rather than an elitist understanding of leadership.

In the simple words of Cardinal Cupich, “I take time to be with people and I learn a lot.”

Here’s My Take: Religion needs to be far less complex. It’s not so much a set of answers as it is a daily questioning of how we stay in touch with the hunger for meaning and integrity in life, the drive to be the best person we can be.

In matters of faith, listening is far more important than speaking. It creates a common smell.

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