After a brief hiatus, okay, not so brief, I'm back and ready to discuss Chapter 6: The Second Threshold: Curiosity of Sherry Weddell's book, Forming Intentional Disciples.
Questions: In your own faith: Can you remember when you became curious about the faith - whether as a convert, revert, or cradle Catholic just waking up to mature discipleship? How would you explain the difference between active and passive faith?
My faith sustains me in my life. And it is active in both the horizontal - to God and the vertical - to others directions.
Active means not only serving but especially moving closer toward God. Active means a faith that is alive and growing. My Ignatian bent tells me it also means finding God in all things. Passive is the total opposite; a faith that pays lip service.
In Your Parish: If a newcomer walked into your parish today, curious about the Catholic faith, would someone actively welcome him? Introduce him to others? Who would help him answer his questions?
Great question. Not sure of the answer. If a person walked into the Church on a Sunday there might possibly be no welcome at all. Yikes! If someone came into the parish office or after Mass coffee - definitely would be welcomed and directed to me (it's my job at the parish where I work) if they had questions. So that's what I think would happen where I work. Where I worship there is much more going on so the welcome at a Sunday Mass is very active and inviting. If people had questions they could be directed to the parish office, the rack of CD and pamphlets, an usher would probably look for someone from the staff and/or a deacon or priest to help the person out.
More discussion on the book over at Catholic Mom!