Someone in OSVinspire shared this article with the below video recently. I read a lot of things on the internet and not too many of them make me stop and think “Yes, This!” (Maybe I’m not open to what they have to say or maybe there are just crazy things on the internet! Maybe a little of both…)
In the video Jonathan says he is going to ask the Bishops “How many young people do you know by name?” I’m going to ask you, “How many people at your parish do you know by name?”
I’m not going to suggest that you know everyone by name. That’s a task that only those without a hint of tortle or prosopagnosia can do (the internet only knows the words for people bad with names, not those good with names … people good with names might also be called Super Heroes!).
However, what if we all knew 10 or 15 people’s names? And not the same 10 or 15 people! Everyone would be known by name in the parish! I’ve written about the importance of a name before here. A sales trainer I once had told us, “A person’s favorite thing to hear is the sound of their own name.”
If this doesn’t strike you like it did me, let me offer a great quote from a saint that might help:
Saint Oscar Romero said: “you say you love the poor, name them”.
This could be applied to any group in the parish. We say we care about the elderly, do we know them by name? We care for the little children, do we know them by name? We care of the single people, do we know them by name? We care for the widows, do we know them by name? We care for the homebound, do we know them by name?
The question really is: “Do we know each other by name?”