When the calf is hungry, he goes to the cow, to the mother, to get milk. The cow, however, does not immediately give it to him: it seems that she is keeping it for herself. And what does the calf do? He knocks against the cow’s udder with his head so that the milk comes out. It is a beautiful image! “So you too,” the saint says, “must be like this with the shepherds. Always knock at their door, at their heart, so that they give you the milk of doctrine, the milk of grace and the milk of leadership.” And I ask you, please, to importune the shepherds, to disturb them, all of us shepherds, so that we can give you the milk of grace, of doctrine and of leadership. Importune [us]! Think of that beautiful image of that calf, how he importunes the mother so that she gives him something to eat.The Bear can tell you this is the way of goats, too. They butt mama's udder. It is not a gentle nudge. Say what you will about Pope Francis, but he does not act like some perfect, ethereal being floating in a realm beyond complaint. If his persona is equal to the man, he is engaging us. He can not only take it, he wants it.
Are you a hungry calf? A hungry kid? Then you have the right, the license to butt -- with all due respect -- your priest, your bishop, and even the bishop of Rome. After all, he was the one Jesus told, "Feed my sheep."
|Blanquette says, "Fill 'er up! And with the GOOD stuff!"|