BISHOP WALSH SAVING HIS SOUL
People are talking about Paddy Walsh becoming a priest to "save his soul".
Jesus Christ was / is the ultimate SOUL SAVER for those of us who are Christians. So if we Christians want to "save our soul" we simply have to be and to do what Jesus said we should be and do.
Jesus never said: "If you want to save your soul become a priest".
But he did say when he was asked about what people must do to be saved: "Go, sell everything you own, give the money to the poor and then come follow me".
He also said very clearly that the two ways of saving one's soul was to love one's God and one's neighbour.
We Christians believe that when we die we will go before Christ to be judged and he has told us in the New Testament the SIX questions that we will be asked during that FINAL EXAM:
1. Did you feed the hungry?
2. Did you give the thirsty to drink?
3. Did you clothe the naked?
4. Did you care for the sick?
5. Did you visit prisoners?
Paddy Walsh - and all of us - lay people, priests and bishops will be judged on our service to the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, prisoners and strangers.
If we served these people we will go to heaven and save our souls.
If we did not serve these people we will go to hell and lose our souls.
What has Paddy done for these six groups of people during his lifetime?
In Paddy's case - and from my own personal experience - he has kept me as a STRANGER for 30 years now - as did his predecessor Cahal Daly. I reproduce below Page 1 of my 15 page proposal to Paddy to affect our reconciliation in which I gave him SEVEN things he wanted from me and THREE extra things:
He may have not done that to others? Who am I to know?
I always like to tell the following story:
An old nun died and a few days after her death she appeared to her Reverend Mother. Mother said: "Oh Sister, how lovely to see you. How are you getting on in heaven".
The Old nun replied: "Mother, I am not in heaven I am in hell"!
"Oh My God", said Mother, "You must be roasted down there"?
The old nun replied: "Not at all Mother. I cannot get near the fire with all the priests and bishops who are around it".
It is harder for a bishop or a priest to save his soul than it is for the ordinary Joe!