The title of this issue, "The Way of
Discipleship," might bring each of us to
consider the path that we travel as followers
of Christ. On our journey, we ponder
Scripture and encounter others whom we
can accompany and allow to accompany
us along the way. Hospitality is part of
discipleship. In the reading from the
Second Book of Kings on the Thirteenth
Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear how
the woman who provided Elisha with
hospitality was rewarded. In our feature,
"Reaching Out with Hospitality to Those
with Mental Illness," Thomas Welch,
phd, writes how parishes can benefit
through relationships with people who
A conversation with a parishioner gave Rev. Ronald
Patrick Raab, csc, insight into the Spirit's work in our lives. The
article "Inviting the Spirit's Light to Heal" tells of how an older
man chose to accompany the young priest, explaining how the
Spirit changed his life one Pentecost. Decades later, the story still
accompanies the priest.
Sometimes we practice our discipleship in ways that we had
not foreseen. Such is the case with many who are part of parishes
that have merged or are in the process of merging. Rev. J. Philip
Horrigan writes of the care that needs to be taken with the liturgical
environment when parishes merge. Respectful conversations
need to consider the art and furnishings that have been treasured
by each community. All considerations, though, need to be made
from the perspective of how the liturgy will be served.
Christians live out their discipleship as they invite others
to faith. In "Welcoming the Catechumens," Mary A. DuQuaine
discusses how parishes can form a hospitable
atmosphere. When parishioners
are able to articulate their faith, they
may be more apt to welcome the
stranger with a smile and accompany
them as they seek Christ.
As readers of Pastoral Liturgy®
know, the National Gathering on
Christian Initiation will aim to
assist catechumenal ministers in
deepening their understanding of the
Christian initiation process. The article
"Hospitality: A Part of Discipleship"
explains that reaching out to others is
an inherent to evangelization.
Faith formation leaders will want
to be sure to make available the downloadable
article "Helping Children
Speak to God," by Trish Sullivan Vanni. The author encourages
parents and grandparents to teach children to talk to God just as
they would a friend. Children, she says, can be shown how to
engage in both structured and spontaneous prayer.
Finally, parishes will want to include the downloadable
article "How Does Baptism Change Us?" in bulletins. Author
Kristopher W. Seaman explains that the waters of Baptism recreate
us into disciples of Christ. Baptism immerses us into
Christ's person and mission so that the rest of life is a response
to our baptismal call.
As you journey from Easter to Ordinary Time, may you be
blessed with the accompaniment of fellow Christians. May
Christ's peace be with you.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Using the liturgy as its source, Pastoral Liturgy® has been intentionally designed to be of service to the whole parish with resources for leaders and parishioners, those who are just beginning to learn about liturgy, and those who are seasoned volunteers and professionals.
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Pastors, parish staffs, liturgy committees, catechists, musicians, architects, and everyone seeking to learn more about how the liturgy forms and informs all of parish life will find this resource a valuable support to understanding the liturgy more fully and incorporating it as the source for all they do. That's why Pastoral Liturgy® magazine is the liturgy magazine for the whole parish!