From the Week: Mexican Parish Week 4
Last Saturday was our last catechetical session with the catechists for our parish. It was a lot of fun and it seems like they will miss it as much as we will. My part of the session was on the role of the laity in the life of the Church, focusing on the mission of the laity within the Church and then outside the Church.
It was quite interesting to hear what more they wanted to see happen in the Church and the challenges they faced outside of the Church in sharing the Gospel. I asked them what methods have been effective in sharing the Gospel with non-practicing Catholics and non-Catholics. In the short time I had, they did not respond with any! It seems there is much we must do to properly equip lay people to realize their specific mission in the world which only they can accomplish, evangelizing in their families, among their friends, at their work, and among their children’s activities where parental attendance is often expected.
I gave them 6 tools that I believe work – invitation, personal testimony of God’s action, prayer (obviously!), personal acts of charity for others (holiness of life), creating small communities of Catholic families where you can invite other families to join, and learning the faith so that you can respond to questions from non-Catholic individuals about why we believe as we do. I have used most of these myself.
That said, I think it was a good session and will hopefully bear fruit in the near future.
Sadly, World Youth Day is over but the evangelical spirit is not. Anyways, anyone up for Rio de Janiero in 2013? I am hoping to be there if everything works out right. Our Holy Father had an address specifically to seminarians. Here is a quote below:
To be modeled on Christ, dear seminarians, is to be identified ever more closely with him who, for our sake, became servant, priest and victim. To be modeled on him is in fact the task upon which the priest spends his entire life. We already know that it is beyond us and we will not fully succeed but, as St Paul says, we run towards the goal, hoping to reach it (cf. Phil 3:12-14).
That said, Christ the High Priest is also the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep, even giving his life for them (cf. Jn 10:11). In order to liken yourselves to the Lord in this as well, your heart must mature while in seminary, remaining completely open to the Master. This openness, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, inspires the decision to live in celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of heaven and, leaving aside the world’s goods, live in austerity of life and sincere obedience, without pretence.
Please say a prayer for the repose of the souls of Rev. Jorge Gomez (just recently ordained) and seminarian Stanley Kariuki, both of the Diocese of Tulsa, who were killed in an auto accident on Sunday. Their obituaries are listed on the diocesan website.
General Sherman is not so well liked in the South if I remember correctly but I am not mentioning him because of his actions during the Civil War. Rather I mention him because his son became a Jesuit and had these words to say:
People in love do strange things…. Having a vocation is like being in love, only more so, as there is no love more absorbing, so deep and so lasting as that of the creature for the Creator. What a grand thing it is to be, as it were, shooting straight at one’s mark, living every hour, performing every action in preparation for the great hereafter.
You can read the whole article here.