Spiritual Leadership: Fidelity With a Little Help From Francis, Jeremiah and Isaiah

Pope Francis quote, fidelity quote

Fidelity is always a change, a blossoming, a growth
Pope Francis, November 2007


With this thought (said before he became Pope), Pope Francis weaves together one of the paradoxes that all spiritual leadership acknowledges, even though it struggles with the reality.

Fidelity (or Faithfulness) is a BOTH - AND.

Fidelity is rooted in the past and seeks continuity with the past. That is how it is faithful to the tradition once given. And . . .

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

This image and this quote from Nietzsche are very moving for me. I believe this is the mindset needed for all who will follow Jesus in our "post-Christian" culture, which is also becoming steadily "anti-Christian." 

Bonhoeffer called it the "cost of discipleship."

Jesus said, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62).

The Apostle Paul says (paraphrased) "I have not yet arrived, but I know where I am headed and I press on: (Philippians 3:12-17).

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