Here is the quote from today’s homily:
“The bible does not concern itself anywhere with pastoral plans and strategies. Instead, on almost every page it reveals that God does not act anywhere and everywhere, but in a concrete place. God does not act at any and every moment, but at a particular time. God does not act through anyone and everyone,but through people God chooses. If we do not come to recognize that again, there will be no renewal of the Church in our time, for this principle of salvation history is true today as well.”
-From Does God Need the Church by Gerhard Lohfink [emphasis added]
What do you think?
Long-term structural change! I hope this works.
If I try by myself to swim across the ocean of this world, the waves will certainly engulf me. In order to survive I must climb aboard a ship made of wood; this wood is the Cross of Christ. Of course, even on board ship there will be dangerous tempests and perils from the sea of this world. But God will help me remain on board the ship and arrive safely at the harbor of eternal life.
from “The Better Part” by John Bartunek, LC, ThD.
I often talk about our community as a “community of disciples.” We have each been called by Jesus to follow him in a loving, personal relationship. My hope is that by reflecting on the values of discipleship we will create a culture that fosters ever deepening discipleship.
I ran across the following description of what is normal for a disciple of Jesus. I posted it to my blog ( www.exploringhiskingdom.wordpress.com ) a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you as we continue to grow as disciples of Jesus.
1. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to have a living, growing love relationship with God.
2. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be excited Christian activists.
3. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be knowledgeable about their faith, the Scriptures, the doctrinal and moral teachings of the Church, and the history of the Church.
4. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to know what their charisms of service are and to be using them effectively in the fulfillment of their vocation or call in life.
5. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to know that they have a vocation/mission in life (primarily in the secular world) given to them by God. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be actively engaged in discerning and living this vocation.
6. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to have the fellowship of other committed lay Catholics available to them, to encourage, nurture,and discern as they attempt to follow Jesus.
7. It is NORMAL for the local parish to function consciously as a house of formation for lay Catholics, which enables and empowers lay Catholics to do #1-6 above.
Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples
How well does this describe your experience as a disciple?
Lincoln A. Wood