DISCIPLESHIP: BECOMING CATHOLIC
As “Disciples of Christ” we are called to be thankful and ever-mindful of all that God has granted each of us, including our material and spiritual blessings, our community, the earth and environment, our relationships and ourselves. It is our hope to improve the world in which we live by using our time, talents and treasures wisely and responsibly, as God intended.
We invite you to make “Discipleship” a way of life and join us as we journey towards a deeper relationship with our Lord. During June and July we will spend time discerning how discipleship comes into play as we care for ourselves in body, mind and spirit.
A list to help you privately engage your personal stewardship helping to awaken your inner spirit and feel God’s presence in your life.
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris . “Our ridiculously fallible language becomes a lesson in how God’s grace works despite and even through our human frailty. We will never get the words exactly right. There will always be room for imperfection, for struggle, growth and change. And this is as it should be.” (Amazon.com Review)
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Kraybill, Nolt & Weaver-Zercher. When a gunman killed five Amish children and injured five others last fall in a Nickel Mines, Pa., schoolhouse, media attention rapidly turned from the tragic events to the extraordinary forgiveness demonstrated by the Amish community. (Publishers Weekly)
Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering by David Gregory. In Dinner With a Perfect Stranger, David Gregory relates the story of two men sharing a meal. The point of interest is knowing that one man believes he is Jesus. What will the other man think by the time the evening is through? (Amazon.com Review)
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser “Long before we do anything explicitly religious at all, we have to do something about the fire that burns within us,” writes Rolheiser. “What we do with that fire, how we channel it, is our spirituality.” From the opening chapter, where Rolheiser eloquently compares the burning spiritual fire of Mother Teresa, Janis Joplin, and Princess Diana, readers will be fully engaged in a unique and altogether fascinating discussion of Christian spirituality. (Amazon.com Review)
The Gift of Peace by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. The well-loved cardinal of Chicago completed this book during the last few months of his life. A very moving last testament, written with simplicity and deep wisdom. (From Library Journal, Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Talk about it! This month while you and your family are having dinner or simply driving to and from, we encourage you to review your day from a spiritual perspective by asking each other the following:
Recall the moments throughout the day when you felt most alive. What were you doing? Who were you with?
How did you nourish your body throughout the day? Did you choose healthy and nutritious food? Did you drink plenty of water?
What are you most grateful for today? Be sure to thank God everyday for the many gifts for which you have been blessed.
Family Movie Night! Grab a flick, some popcorn and hang out together watching a great film that can spark conversation around this month’s theme: personal discipleship, care for ourselves in body, mind and spirit. Here are a few to try:
Supersize Me! While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month. Nominated for an Oscar.
Goal! A young Mexican kid living illegally in L.A. is seen by a scout and gets a chance to try out with a Premier soccer club. Simple plot, with obvious tension-building elements, moving towards huge obstacles to overcome while surmounting incalculable odds – now THIS is a sports movie! It also happens to be well acted, well shot, and the characters are not necessarily stereotypical. An easy film to watch that will assure you that your life could be harder and that you should make the most of it.
Synopsis of Human Body: Pushing the Limits Computer generated imagery and cutting edge photography combine to offer unparalleled insight into the extreme capabilities of the human body in this groundbreaking series originally aired on the Discovery channel. This collection, featuring the episodes “Sight,” “Strength,” “Sensation,” and “Brain Power,” offers vivid insight into the body’s inner and outer workings. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
Without Limits The story of American running legend Steve Prefontaine is great on many levels, with plenty of social relevance, but it’s also tough to watch without feeling like “going out for an easy 10.” A biography and, hence, not a definitive sports film, you can’t help but feel Pre’s passion to run and, even more, push his body to the brink of its limits.
Franciscan Renewal Center www.thecasa.org a spiritual oasis in the Valley of the Sun!
Sacred Space www.sacredspace.ie Guided meditation to conclude one’s day.
Pray As You Go www.pray-as-you-go.org A 15 minute connection with God’s word every day.
Loyola Spirituality Center www.loyolaspiritualitycenter.org Offers spiritual direction.
The Shalem Institute www.shalem.org dedicated to the support of contemplative living and leadership.
Henri Nouwen www.henrinouwen.org
Center for Action and Contemplation www.cacradicalgrace.org
Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. James 5:13-14