HENRI NOUWEN'S THOUGHTS ON COMMUNITY: "One of the things I like to say is that if you are living in community with people, you cannot do other than minister. Ministry is not something you do next. I have a terribly hard time with ministry as something that consists of techniques you have to apply. Ministry is the overflow of your love for God and for your fellow human beings. Some one said to me, 'Ministry is when two people toast their glasses of wine and something splashes over.' Ministry is the extra. The question is not, 'How do I bring all of these people to Jesus, or how do I make these people believe, or how do I now do the hard work of ministry?'"
"Ministry happens. Jesus spoke what his heart was full of. And any body that touched him was healed. You cannot but minister if you are in communion with God and in communion with other people. People want to know where your energy comes from. They get the overflow. It's not something that requires professional credentials. Ministry isn't something you do for certain hours during the day and then you come home and relax. Who knows? Ministry might happen while you are relaxing." ( From the transcript of "Parting Words: A Conversation on Prayer with Henri Nouwen," interview by Rebecca Laird in Sacred Journey: The Journal of Fellowship in Prayer, No. 6; December , 1996)
So there you have it. BE IN COMMUNION with GOD above all else...and then hang out with other people... and if you have allowed God to fill your heart thru Jesus Christ and everything he gave us; the Church, the Pope, the Sacraments, the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Mother, the Mass, the Eucharist and Saints...and...and...and the list goes on... if you allow all that to FILL YOUR HEART...then you will always MINISTER. IT HAPPENS! JUST DO IT! Just
Go OUT into the WHOLE WORLD and be Salt of the Earth and a Light in the Darkness!