Browsing the April 2020 archive of Deacon Michael's Blog

All monks now?

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/24/20

The article here linked from America Magazine makes a powerful observation about the new realities forced on us by the current pandemic and social distancing measures. It really resonated with me. I have made retreats many times at Trappist monasteries, mostly in Spencer Mass, but once in Gethsemane Kentucky ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Comments - Chapter 5

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/23/20

Once the bridge of trust has been established, Sherry explains, the role of the evangelizer is to help transition to the next threshold, that of curiosity about Jesus Christ. During this threshold people are open to exploring the possibility of a personal relationship with God.

“Those who don't believe ... Read More »

Deacon Michael's Homily for 2nd Sunday of Easter 4/19/2020

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/19/20

  Below is my homily from this morning's Mass for the 2nd Sunday Easter. I hope you find it helpful in your own circumstances. I welcome comments, observations and perspective on these readings as well in the "Comment Box" below. Peace be with you all!!!  If you wish, the ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 4

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Here Sherry brings the reader’s attention to two concepts that have been prevalent in our Catholic culture: “The sacrament will take care of it” and “the Church will provide”, The reader is then invited to ponder the sacramental life in a new way.

This chapter calls us to reflect ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 3

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Discipleship is normal, or needs to be fostered at the parish level. She says that "No matter how many institutions we sustain, or how much activity goes on in our parish or diocese, if new intentional disciples are not regularly emerging in our midst, our ministry is not bearing ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 2 

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Here Sherry highlights the importance of having a relationship with Christ and, thus, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, which she offers as a kind of counterpoint to the "Cultural Catholicism" that she outlined in the first Chapter. 

She states that this relationship involves three spiritual Journeys. The ... Read More »

Forming Intentional Disciples Chapter Summary Points and Question - Chapter 1 

Posted by Dcn Michael Ward on 4/15/20

Sherry's Weddell's first chapter main point regarding the alarming trends in the reduced number of Catholics that no longer practice their faith: 

"If this trend does not change, in ten years it will cease to matter that we have a priest shortage. The Builders will be largely gone, the ... Read More »