What comes first the chicken or the egg?
I was thinking: what comes first community or charisms? Charisms flow from the community. It seems that community must always come first and then the charisms.
Now a priest’s primary community is his brother priests. So when a priest exercises his charisms it ought to flow from and back to his community of brother priests.
Charisms always have to have a reference point back to the community.
And it goes back to the first premise that charisms ought not to be exercised if there is no reference point back to a community and for priests that mean priestly community. If there is no reference point back to the community than the priest will feel like the lone ranger.
So what happens when a priest exercises a charism and it does not flow from and back to his brother priests? What happens when other priests show little or no interest in the charisms of their brother priests?
Now it is very possible that these charisms are true charisms. They still need to have a reference point back to the community because it is the community that discerns the charisms.
So it occurred to me that before charisms are exercised first one has to be part of a community and for priests that means a community of brother priests.
So what comes first the chicken or the egg?
What comes first community or charisms?
Just a though