The Priest, the Parishioner or Those

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I recently had a rather in-depth discussion relating to theology — who really invests and risks more of their spiritual divinity: the priest, the parishioner or those who hold some essence of faith inwardly but for whatever reasons, visiting a church is not high on their lists of prerequisites

I recently had a rather in-depth discussion relating to theology — who really invests and risks more of their spiritual divinity: the priest, the parishioner or those who hold some essence of faith inwardly but for whatever reasons, visiting a church is not high on their lists of prerequisites.

The Priest

The priest is a foundation of the church but do they test themselves, are they regularly exposed to temptation, pain and suffering. I am aware of the immoral implications caused by the actions of the many which tarnishes the few, but wrapped up in their fixated rituals, do they expose themselves to the heady influences of the world: With repeated rituals dominating their lives and commuting daily, insulated within the confines of a prepared life of service, are they risking their spirituality and confronting the moral choices others encounter everyday outside of a carefully prepared life?

 A life of carefully orchestrated moments separated from life and the many diverse social challenges it brings.

The Parishioner

The faithful parishioner is higher on the list, a person of moral conviction who seeks atonement through prayer or the comfort of familiar surroundings. A means to offer prayer or confession to their God of choice, an experience which brings solace, consolation and support — A regular means to meet with like minded souls, embrace all that is good in the world, and support one another in worship.

Wonderful people embracing the concept of something greater.

Those

Those who hold some essence of faith inwardly but for whatever reasons, visiting a church is not high on their lists of prerequisites due to lifestyles or situations. Those who through times of troubled thoughts or actions, times of great upheavals who are seemingly reborn through faith, those who through force of will find consolation in something greater than themselves — Those who are exposed to the many temptations and pain life can suddenly bring. Those who find solace also in the unseen, the thought of a greater power, a power which through faith — will bring the sunshine back into their lives.

A priest is pivotal to the church but separated by a carefully orchestrated life, does risk enter their life spiritually as much as the parishioner or those others?

The parishioner is a wonderful example of morality, the strength to live a life immersed within the world and its many vices but still attend and pray for salvation or strength. A life of seeking strength from a greater power whilst being willing to confront and seek atonement through prayer, but are they too risking all spirituality when at the back of their minds — they silently know atonement can be easily achieved through words which now come freely through a repeated ritual?

Those, the many others who have maybe lost their way and when confronted by life’s many temptations, fears and troubles find faith in something greater to confront and face whatever has entered their lives.

A quintessentially raw experience where through fear, a temptation to succumb to other moral vices may seem easy but by returning to faith: they can secure some kind of foundation from which to start again, are those the ones truly spiritually exposed?

A belief in something greater than ourselves that we return to in moments of self doubt or used a means to seek consolation within, is unquestionably a wonderful thing, but without faith in just something, something separated from the many religious forms it takes, something to offer us solace in moments of need what are we?

Do you believe?

(The Parishioner and Those live within a world of vice which far outweighs that of the Priest — The priest in this case represents all priests from all religions, and not simply from the tarnished reputation of a single faith.)

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