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Thursday, 04 January 2007 13:01

Written by JACK

When Sherry W invited me to join as a contributor to Intentional Disciples, I could not do anything but say, "Yes!" You see, back in April of 2002, I entered St. Blog's and started Integrity (originally over here) with one purpose in mind. During law school, I had read John Paul II's exhortation, Christifideles Laici ("CFL"), a description of the vocation and mission of the laity, and was blown away. I wanted to share with others this jewel that I had discovered, this bold statement of what I am, of my baptismal calling. Thus, began Integrity and its core mission of exploring CFL, section by section. But my real desire was that a lively dialogue would develop, others would respond like St. Peter to my St. Andrew-like racing to share the good news of what I had encountered. That conversation never really developed at Integrity, but it has here at Intentional Disciples. I am thrilled by that and am blessed to be able to join in.

So just a quick word about myself. I am a lay, cradle Catholic. Lawyer. I'm also a member of a lay movement, Communion and Liberation, and have a real heart and desire for vibrant parish life. I mention all of that to give you some context on my experiences as I think the fruits of experience is the primary thing that I (or any of us, for that matter) have to offer.

Of course, now that I am participating in this new endeavor of the Catherine of Siena Institute, I suppose I should listen to that copy of the audio version of the Called & Gifted Workshop I purchased a while back. ;-) (Now if I can only figure out which box I packed that in when I moved. A year ago. I know, I know. What can I say, I'm lazy and a pack-rat.)

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