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 "personal journey" of a lived relationship with Christ, the "ecclesial journey" into the Church through the sacraments of initiation and the "journey of active practice" active in the life and mission of the Christian community. The manner in which these journeys are nurtured and lived has an impact on our discipleship.
The concept of what is considered “ normal” is also presented. Sherry describes what is perceived as normal is skewed, in that one is a 'normal" catholic without having a personal relationship with Christ. We have lost the sense that the desiring and having a personal relationship with Jesus is normal for all believers. This needs to be recovered.
Question: The “new normal” is a concept discussed plenty these days. Do you agree that we need to create a “new normal” with regard to how we view the lived Christian life in our Roman Catholic tradition? What do we need to do as a community of faith at Saint Josephine Bakhita to make this real?