Read An Incidental Priest by Rutherford Cardinal Johnson-fReado
The Story Behind This Book
Everyone can serve an important purpose in life! Everyone can make their life count!
People sometimes ask just what is meant by the term “incidental priest.” First, he is an example of a person who seeks true humility before God and seeks to serve others. It is finding and achieving true humility before God that we must all seek. We all ought to take care of each other, just like the book’s central character, the incidental priest. But this is only part of the meaning of that character.
The incidental priest is incidental. There have been many, many priests from the time of the Apostles to the present day. He is one of many. Similarly, each of us is one of many Christians that have been born since Christ came to the world as a Man. Sometimes we can feel insignificant. Now and then we can feel incidental, especially in terms of God’s greater plan. We can even feel incidental in terms of human plans and organizations. Sometimes it is difficult to think that what we are doing can truly make a difference.
Though the incidental priest is one of many, what he does is nonetheless instrumental in achieving God’s plan and the work of the Church, even if he does not understand how or why. Similarly, each of us plays an important role in life. Even though we may think we are insignificant or small, if we put God first in all that we do, seeking always to do God’s will, then we can truly become instrumental. No matter how small our acts of kindness, service, or charity that we do seem to be, they all still contribute to making the world a better place.