I dream of a Church that empowers, encourages, enables the faithful to live out their vocations – that special work where their greatest joy meets the world’s greatest needs. Everyone has a part to play and all are needed/valued. There are leaders but the model is one of collaboration and co-responsibility…and the leaders are chosen for their ability and not gender or anything else. I dream of belonging to such Church.
I dream of a Church (leaders and people of God) that understands that bringing to fulfillment God’s reign is a process and one that we won’t fully realize. It’s the journey, however, of trying to get there that matters. We must always be reaching towards that goal. I dream of being part of a group that has its eyes and its mission on that prize and understand that it’s about the journey.
I realize now that what I’m missing from my parish or my diocesan community, I can have through some other way. There ARE groups within the Catholic community that is doing its best to live out the Gospel values. I want to join a community that does that in a way that honors my situation of being a married woman with children. I can’t move in to an intentional community at this point in my life. But I dream of belonging to a community where we can do life together yet not be under one roof. Where we share a commitment to live out the Gospel values and are called to live them out according to our gifts. Where my part is part of a bigger picture – a trueness to the many parts, one body image. Where we are known and supported in the journey of our “becoming”, and of living out our call.
I don’t know if I’ll be forming this group with people or joining a group that’s already formed.
I do dream that all find that group with whom they can be supported, encouraged and empowered to live out their calling. All are called! And it’s our Church’s hope that all respond. I believe it’s our responsibility, as Church, to help people realize they are called and to empower, encourage, enable them to respond to that call — know them and accompany them on their journey. I dream of a parish community that will do that for the believers.
Ultimately, I believe my dream is to be part of a group that is meant to be caretakers in God’s garden where each of us is a flower growing.