By David H. Coe
“The Church is the Body of Christ. Through the Spirit and His Action in the sacraments, above all the Eucharist, Christ, who was once dead and is now risen, establishes the community of believers as his own Body.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #805)
Having participated as a member of the Body of Christ in Small Prayer and Share groups since 1974, I want to encourage you to do the same – even if you choose to do it online.
Recently I asked friends with whom I regularly meet in such a group to share with you their answers to a question I posed: “Why is it important for you to regularly attend a Small Prayer and Share Group, what do you look forward to?
Here is what they said:
- “Sharing my faith journey helps me to be more aware of the way the Lord is working in my life and to be inspired by the way he is working in the lives of those around me. Life can be overwhelming, which is why he gave us each other for inspiration and encouragement as we continue our journey back to him.” - Terry F.
- “Faith is most alive when you can share it. We are here to be in relationship with each other which ignites our relationship with Jesus. Faith is dynamic.” - Caroline L.
- “Because our faith journeys require the nourishment and refreshment provided only through community. Amen!” - Dorsa M.
- “To be able to share anything openly, knowing it will be received lovingly, without judgment.” -Doug M.
- “Because Christianity is not meant to be a solo sport. We walk together in this life in preparation to be together in the next.” - Bob L.
- “God made us to be in a community just as He is. To not be in community is to face evil alone without our brothers and sisters in Christ, who support us in our faith.” - Peter G.
Sacred Scripture encourages the meeting of the Body of Christ. So I’m including two readings for you to mediate on as you pray about joining a Small Prayer and Share Group.
- 1 Peter 4:8;
- 1 Corinthians 12:15-26.
My prayer for you is that you do join one! God Bless you and yours.
May I pray for you? If so please send your prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org. All prayer requests will be treated with the utmost respect and confidentiality.
Leadership Model ©
By David H. Coe, Master Facilitator
The Catholic Vison For Leading Like Jesus, S-3: SERVANT, STEWARD, SHEPHERD
L A leader Listens, is open to what others are saying and takes the time to
understand the speaker.
E A leader strives for Excellence in all he or she does, and looks for and
promotes excellence in others.
A A leader Achieves, sets goals and has a direction in mind for himself and those he/she leads.
D A leader seeks his or her Destiny and is aware of his or her purpose in
life. A leader assists others in finding their destiny.
E Creates a wholesome Environment to work, live and play in.
R Remains Ready, Resourceful and adaptable (through time management).
S A leader is Sincere In all He/she does
H A leader is Helpful where possible to those who request it, and even to those
who do not.
I A leader remains Interested in the welfare of those he or she leads.
P A leader’s actions are the same in Public as they are in Private.