Mary and Joseph had had a baby girl?
Maybe then images like this:
Are You Called to Serve?
The Boston Archdiocesan's Lay Ministry Program at St. John's Seminary in Brighton.
Wouldn't bother me so much.
And if you are wondering what the Lay Ministry Program teaches...well I just happened to find it:
* A capacity for self-acceptance and tolerance of the imperfections of others,
* The ability to work with others in a spirit of cooperation,
* Healthy personality: honest sensitive communication, observance of professional boundaries, emotional stability, the ability to trust others, freedom from the need to control people and situations,
* Recognition of and respect for authority, and the ability to exercise authority in an appropriate manner,
* Competent leadership skills,
* Conflict management skills,
* The capacity for empathy,
* Self-awareness of the dynamics of human sexuality,
* A balanced commitment to family, and to recreational and spiritual values for a holistic life,
* A commitment to further self-development and professional enrichment.
If this is what the Seminary has been teaching it sure explains some problems in the priesthood and now the laity will be the beneficiaries of this kind of wisdom. When "service" is all about a "capacity for self", and don't forget the "self awareness of the dynamics of human sexuality" now THAT is what's lacking. Tolerance, sensitivity, balance, holistic approaches, and frankly power.