are, I have to explain the vocation in
contrast to priesthood since stu-
dents inevitably already know about
priests in their more public role.
However I don’t like to say too much
about what a brother is in light of
what he is not. It’s like saying “
non-Catholic” rather than identifying the
actual faith a person holds. A priest’s
lifestyle is framed by sacramental
duties, whereas a brother, like other
Christians, seeks to serve God’s
people within a range of talents
uniquely his. My students see me in
the role of their Spanish professor,
yet they clearly come to know and
relate to me as a religious person, as
ly non-churchgoing people. That
means our very presence is ministry.
For example I always start class with
30 seconds of silence, acknowledg-
ing God’s presence. These 30 seconds
are highly appreciated by students.
For certain, there is a God-quest
among young people.
I also tell people that we brothers pray together a lot as a way of
staying connected to Jesus who is
our life and as a way of dealing with
the challenges of being human.
Do people want to compare
brothers to priests?
Yes. When I explain what brothers
about life as
fascinated by the
and the frequent
IRVING JOHNSON, III, COUR TES Y OF XAVIER UNIVERSIT Y OF LOUISIANA
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