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Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

Living Our Baptismal Call

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Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

The Call to Action Conference (C2A) in Milwaukee was a profound renewal of our baptismal call.

From Nancy Sylvester’s pre-conference session on compassionate conversing, to Miriam Therese Winter’s final keynote reminding us that though we have to live institutionally, we must never think institutionally, we were challenged to remember, “We are the Church.”  Therefore, although we can rejoice in the freshness of Pope Francis, it is we who will bring the changes we want to see in the church.  There is no stopping the Holy Spirit if we will just align ourselves with her.

 After elucidating Luke’s portrayal of Jesus’ Baptism, Megan McKenna posed the following for our nightly examination of conscience, “When did I give delight to God today?”

Teri Bays, music minister, queried our customary prayer and song, “Come, Holy Spirit.”  The Holy Spirit is already here.  We don’t have to call her to come.  Instead: Holy Spirit, you are in our lives!

Paul Lakeland called on us all to agitate with our bishops for the opportunity to respond directly to the questionnaire to prepare for the synod on the family, not just for C2Aers, but for all the laity.  Too many important issues are left out of the background paper:  domestic violence, sexual abuse of children, alcoholism, machismo, human trafficking, etc.   What can we do about this?

Of course, there were many other tantalizing sessions from which to choose.  Roy Bourgeois was part of the panel on “The Future of Catholic Ministry” and stayed for the entire conference.  The Maryknoll Sisters had a booth.

Altogether, the experience was marvelous and energizing.



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