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Believe me… now I know for sure what it means to walk in your shoes! My dear brother, I know the broken heart you hide behind that glimmering smile! Dear brother… let me remind you and your detractors about who you are.

Pastor be ENCOURAGED!

You are a gift of Christ to the Church, predestined from the time the Lord ascended on High from Sheol with souls in his robes. You are a gift of the resurrection for the building up of the Church, the mystical body of Christ.

Pastor be ENCOURAGED!

You are a star in the right hand of the Master. You are an Angel of Heaven who carries the Words of Everlasting Life; delivering them by Word and Sacrament. You are a Holy-Spirit empowered being, anointed by the Name you received on the day of your ordination. 

Pastor be ENCOURAGED!

You are the shepherd that tends the flock of the Most High, feeding them with the Word at their proper time. You lead them to green pastures and defend them from the Wolves. You defended them with the same rod used to save them. You gave your life for the sheep even when they never noticed. You are the Good Shepherd.

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The Lord has placed you as the Presbyter of His assembly. You are the judge of His community…the image of the Most High to those who need a human model to imitate. You are the divine Overseer over God’s house, to ensure that His household is in good order and producing a profit. There are souls to reap! Souls we have not planted! Souls to save!

Pastor be ENCOURAGED!

We know you feel unappreciated! How could you when no one wants to become your disciple? You are a pastor-teacher without students! Make disciples and say to them what the Holy Spirit has given you! Fear no more! You must learn to make a distinction between goats and sheep lest you suffer unnecessarily! The Lord grant you students who will give you the pleasure of a thousand questions!!

Pastor be ENCOURAGED!

Your vocation is the hardest in the world. Take a break from everything! Take your spouse and go do something nice… The drama was there before you…it will be there when you’re gone. Don’t worry… Jesus is Lord.  😉

Now chill… Everything is under control.