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Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 23 April 2009 16:19
Just a brief note: We haven't drowned. Exactly.

But we are dog-paddling as fast as we can.

Fr. Mike and I are in Colorado Springs and both of us are working like little (or not so little) beavers. Me on this fascinating but simultaneously overwhelming course in the Theology of the Laity for Sacred Heart Seminary and Fr. Mike on many things, including his presentation: Lay Apostles: A Fulfillment of the Priestly Office which he will give next week at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC on the feast of our patroness, St. Catherine of Siena.

And I leave early on Monday for a week in Anchorage: to spend time with my sister and to offer a Called & Gifted there.

I have to say: the history of work and spirituality of the laity is simply fascinating and surprising and very critical to understand because the theology of the laity and the Church's social teaching emerged together directly out of that history. I'll be covering the period from 1497 when the Oratory of Divine Love emerged out of the work of St. Catherine of Genoa. The Oratory was the practical beginning of the Catholic Reformation. Through the Second Vatican Council.

There is a terrific need for a scholarly, accessible, one volume history of the laity. We do not understand what God has done and is doing through the 98.7% of us who are not priests or religious, And to the extent we don't understand that, we don't understand the Church herself and part of the priestly office remain hidden and unfocused.

And now back to that dog paddling . . .

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