(The Crosier) prepares himself well for ministry (Profile of the Congolese Crosier).
All of us are prepared by the Spirit for a mission. Life in the family, our schooling, our religious education, our participation in the Paschal Mystery in the highs and lows of life--all that becomes a body of formative experiences in view of a personal call from God. We should reflect, nonetheless, about the seriousness of the commitment to God. Is it not better to not begin at all than to finish badly? We expect a lot with regard to the personal life of the ministers of the Church. They should be persons of faith and high integrity, qualities recognized by everyone. They need to be proven people. They should have wide religious and secular knowledge to direct pastoral work well. In short, they should be worthy and capable representatives of Christ. That is a great challenge for us. We do not live any longer for ourselves, but for him who calls and sends us. We are on mission and every aspect of our life participates in it, whether hidden in the interiority of our spirit or visible in the external world of our behavior. We must accept responsibility very well for this.
The hen that doesn’t know how to scratch the ground always loses her chicks. (Shi)