Those of you who have been following my blogs over the last couple of years will notice an emphasis on “relationships” particularly the relationship with the triune God. Helen and I are on a journey seeking ways to effectively introduce others to the Creator of the Universe.
We are currently looking at ways to foster discipleship in our home parish at Vanderhoof, B.C. In 2016, the Prince George Diocese offered a program called “Hearts Transformed” and 12 members of our home parish participated to one degree or another in this program. With its emphasis on relationship and prayer it provided us with a window on the “interior life”. Our parish seeks to move from “maintenance” to “mission” in order to effectively participate in the New Evangelization and that movement requires the commitment of Intentional Disciples. I think that an “intentional disciple” can be loosely defined as one who has developed a personal relationship founded on love with Jesus that has resulted in a surrender by that person to the will of God in that person’s life.
The key to this type of transformation is, I believe, to focus on the interior life and that focus involves the development of a prayer life. We have lately been working through Ralph Martin’s book “The Fulfillment of all Desires: A Guidebook for the Journey to God based on the Wisdom of the Saints”. There is also a Study guide available that can be used in small group study.
The object of the move to Mission is to truly transform our Parish into an evangelizing community that we may be effective as purveyors of the Good News to our family, friends, acquaintances and others. We know that this can only be done with the facilitation of the Holy Spirit whose plentiful grace makes all things possible. We will keep you informed moving forward as the Spirit continues to guide and direct our community in this endeavor. In the meantime, keep us in your prayers as we launch into this new initiative.