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What Do You Smell like?

August 29, AD 2013 6 Comments

You probably did not miss Pope Francis’ recommendation that bishops should smell like their sheep. What may have been missed is the universal call to holiness. If a bishop is supposed to smell like their followers, what does your bishop smell like?


Sheep in Tuscany

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If we want our bishops to be cowards in the midst of our culture of death, then we should continue to be cowards in the world that we are called to sanctify. If we want our bishops to be just a figure head, then we should continue to only listen to them when it feels good. If we want our bishops to neglect life issues, then we should probably continue to contracept, abort, euthanize, and divorce. If we want bishops that avoid the faithful, we should continue not interacting with the clergy in everyday circumstances. If we want bishops to never mention marriage, we should probably continue to shack up with our girlfriends. If we want bishops to speak against warfare, then we should probably confess our own sins against our brothers. If we want bishops to hide in the chancery, we should probably stay in the comfort zone of our couch. If we want bishops to carry Q-Tips instead of a crozier, we should probably continue to complain about little nuisances as if they were the most important thing in life.


Bishops are going to smell exactly like the faithful they lead. If we want holy and saintly bishops, then the faithful need to follow these precepts of the ChurchВ (CCC 2041-2043):

1)В В В В В  Go Those individualities, who appeared to this world on the Leo/ cusp (dates August 21 – August 28), have two ruling planets – the Planet Mercury and the Sun. to Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.

2)В В В В В  Go to Confession at least once a year. Also go to Confession after you commit a mortal sin.

3)В В В В В  Receive the Eucharist at least once during the Eastern season

4)В В В В В  Fast and abstain on the days the Church establishes

5)В В В В В  Assist the Church with Her material needs


Of course, we can add many other wonderful fragrances to our life so that the bishops will smell better. The list below is taken from Midwest Theological Forum”s “Daily Roman Missal”, published by Rev. James Socias:

  1. Daily: Get up at a fixed time, Scripture reading, Rosary, Angelus, spiritual reading, examination of conscience, Mass, visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, offer you day to God, mental prayer, work with order
  2. Weekly: make Sunday very special to celebrate the Lord”s Day, honor Mary on Saturday
  3. Monthly: try to go to Confession at least once a month, find spiritual guidance, go to a small retreat
  4. Yearly: try to make a two or three day retreat


Wouldn”t it be wonderful to hear the Pope tell your bishop, “From your smell I can tell you must have a very holy diocese.”

About the Author:

J.Q. lives in the country of Texas with his wife Denise, a Southern Belle from Trinidad and Tobago, and his three children. He holds two graduate degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, an MBA and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Having taught for five years in Catholic education, he now works in the construction industry in Victoria, TX. He is a parishioner of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Parish in the Diocese of Victoria.
  • Margo

    Am I the only one seeing comments from one of Miriam’s post on here??

    • JQ Tomanek

      Margo, I see them too. I thought it was cool even if they were not on my post 🙂

      • I saw them yesterday and I have no idea why this happened. ??? It’s a Disqus thing but I’m afraid to mess with it.

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  • Micha_Elyi

    Your latest error, cminca, is your failure to distinguish between persons and their acts. The Church, however, does not fail as you did as the very quotation from its catechism illustrates.

    Try again.

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