How we can learn from geese and Parish Pastoral Councils

We have a lot to learn from geese flying in “V ” formation. The whole flock adds at least 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading in the same as we are.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with their group.

So mentioned Cardinal Sean Brady speaking in All Hallows College Dublin while launching an interesting and essential new book ‘Parish Pastoral Councils’ written by Debra Snoddy, Andrew McNally and Jim Campbell,
Done in a creative and responsible fashion, the creation and operation of a parish pastoral council can be that catalytic agent that brings new life and hope to the parish and its people. We should expect nothing less of our colleagues and ourselves in the task of being the local parish – the future of the Church.

Available from Veritas bookshops and www.veritas.ie

Tony

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.