Friday, 12 January 2007 22:12
Written by Keith Strohm
One of the things I love to do when I teach Called & Gifted workshop is to watch the faces of workshop participants as they encounter the amazing reality of their own role in the Church's mission to the world. The expressions range from puzzlement to wonder, but it is an exceedingly amazing grace to be present with people as they go on a journey to discern their gifts and take a more intentional approach to their lives as disciples and, ultimately, apostles, of Christ.
St. Thomas More parish in Houston is also blessed to have their pastor 100% behind this movement of discernment in their parish. He truly sees calling forth the gifts of the community to be one of the key points of his pastoral office.
Quote of the workshop (or any workshop I've ever given):
Fr. Bill: If you think that you are too old to start discerning your charisms and discovering the ways that God wants to use you, then why don't you just die! You're never too old to cooperate with the plans God has for you, and if you think you are, you've given up on Him.
Umm...wow! Of course, Fr. Bill has a very Irish sense of humor, and he says it with a merry twinkle in his eye. Still . . .wow!
Anyhow, if you've had a positive experience with the Called & Gifted workshop, drop a comment in this post. We'd love to know how the workshop has affected your life.