Caretaker of God’s Garden

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.

5 thoughts on “Caretaker of God’s Garden

  1. Rose, I hear in you a strong sense of God’s unique call to each person. I hear in you a yearning for a church that values and supports the call we have to encourage, empower, and enable others. Can imagine what your next 2-3 steps might be to find that kind of faith community for yourself?

  2. Hi Rose, thank you for post. I’d like to invite you to sit with your passage, “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.”

    As you re-read that, how do you feel about the role you’ve been playing in our small group? How do you sense that your efforts with Janine and Shelley fulfill these dreams?

    If you’re not feeling the sense that you have been living and fulfilling these dreams, I invite you to reflect on the stories of prophets (Moses, Ezekiel, Isaiah, or Jeremiah) and saints (St. Paul and others) that God called and they tried to explain to God that maybe God should choose someone else.

    God has specifically chosen you and provided you the many graces to help others feel “supported, encouraged and empowered to live out their calling.” You are in the unique position 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.”

  3. Rose, what do you feel moved to do specifically that would help others feel that they ARE the church and that they can feel supported, encouraged and empowered? Are you taking the time to feel within yourself, your own call to support, encourage and empower yourself so then you can do the same for others? How can you do that for yourself first? How can you then do that for others?

  4. Rose, what you are searching for, I experienced for many years in Christian Life Community while I was living in Omaha. It is an international movement grounded in Ignatian spirtuality and commitment to social justice. I would happily talk with you about it. Here is their website: https://clc-usa.org

  5. Caretaker of God’s Garden – what a beautiful title! We are all co-creators on a daily basis.

    “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 love this passage about transformation from Jeremiah 18:6 “Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand…”

    I am sure that the Spirit is working within this workshop to help all of us find news ways to cooperate with others and to renew our gifts as caretakers and co-creators. I hope we can work together in the future. I would love to hear more about your discernment as a deacon. I’m sorry I can’t recall the words your diocese calls “Advanced Lay formation” – BUT WITHOUT ORDINATION!?!? Maybe we can meet separately or via communicate via email.

    Thanks Rose,
    -Barb Belle
    msbarbbelle@gmail.com

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