Friday, July 20, 2007

Normative Catholicism

Sherry Weddell at Intentional Disciples, before she began the Catherine of Siena Institute, belonged to the Nameless Lay Group. She's written about that over there, and also posted a list that the Nameless Lay Group made yon many years ago. It's still challenging and still true, so I've brought it over here for you-all to noodle with in the comment box.

from the Nameless Lay Group of Seattle:

1. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to have a living, growing, love relationship with God.

2. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be excited Christian activists.

3. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be knowledgeable about their faith, the Scriptures, the doctrinal and moral teachings of the church, and the history of the Church.

4. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to know what their charisms of service are and to be using them effectively in the fulfillment of their vocation or call in life.

5. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to know that they have a vocation/mission in life (primarily in the secular world) given to them by God. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to be actively engaged in discerning and living this vocation.

6. It is NORMAL for lay Catholics to have the fellowship of other committed lay Catholics available to them, to encourage, nurture, and discern as they attempt to follow Jesus.

7. It is NORMAL for the local parish to function consciously as a house of formation for lay Catholics which enables and empowers lay Catholics to do #1-6 above.

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29 comments:

Terrence Berres said...

Depends what you mean by "normal".

Dale said...

Rest in peace, Karen. I hope you are enjoying the beatific vision even as I post this.

My prayers and sympathies go out to all Karen's family and friends, too.

Peony Moss said...

Prayers for Karen Marie and her family and friends.

Alias Clio said...

RIP, Karen Marie Knapp. +

Paul Hargadon said...

God bless you, Karen. May the angels accompany you into Paradise.

Gen X Revert said...

Karen was a great soul in St. Blog's. God Bless her and her family. I hope they realize just how much of a mark Karen made in cyberspace from her "little place near Father Groppi's Bridge". I credit her and Gerard Serafin for introducing me to the world of Catholic blogs, and thus helping me come back to the Church. I hope someday I can be as Christian as they were.

Domini Sumus said...

Prayers for Karen and all who knew and loved her. May she find the peace which is found in God alone.

MaryH said...

Our prayers are with the family and for the repose of Karen's soul. I remember her sweetness.

Dave said...

She was a good friend, and I will miss her greatly...may I meet her again in Heaven...

Elena said...

I will miss you Karen Marie. May you rest in peace.

Brian Michael Page said...

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her.
BMP, NB, and JP of Christus Vincit

Ma Beck said...

Prayers for Karen and her family.

WICatholic said...

Rest in peace, Karen! Prayers for you and for your family!

alicia said...

may god bless your family, karen, and thank you for teaching me about knotting rosaries.

Shawn said...

Yours was one of those still soft voices that will be missed from St. Blogs' Karen. May your soul rest in peace and may God comfort your family in their time of mourning.

~m2~ said...

peace be on you, dear one. prayers going up for your family during this time of mourning...

Jack Bennett said...

God Bless Karen's soul.
Her blog was always an oasis of decency, gentleness and piety, characteristics I'm sure of Karen herself. My prayers and thoughts to to her family and friends. She will be missed by all who read her blog.

StBlog said...

Karen, more than anyone I know on the 'net, persevered in Christian Charity in her posts. I, like others, found "From the Anchor Hold" an inspiration that made me see the internet could be a real place of evangelization. She made it a place of true Christian love. Karen, we will surely miss you and your gentle way of speaking to us.

Anonymous said...

She was an inspiration to me. I was always excited to see a new post to read what she had to share with us. Her stations of the cross series was the best. Karen made a difference in the world from her little Anchor Hold. May she rest in peace

Rhonda said...

I went to mass yesterday and prayed for Karen's soul to rest in the blessed glory of God's love!

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Elena said...

Well now we see why it is important to leave your password and user name with a friend or loved one just in case you can't get back to your blog to delete comments.

Karen Marie, thank you for your contributions to the Catholic blogosphere. You will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Ma Beck said...

To the Knapp Family:
Can you not contact blogger and explain the situation to them and have them allow you to reset the password?
God bless you, you are in my prayers.

Mimi said...

Yikes! What a nasty comment that previous one is.

Anyway, I cannot shake the news of dear Karen Marie's passing. I was truly blessed to read her posts through the years, and my heart goes out to her family. Be assured of my prayers that her Memory be Eternal.

Peony Moss said...

For the Knapp family --

I wrote to Blogger and asked them about removing the disgusting comment above. Here is their response:

Thanks for contacting Blogger Support and for bringing this to our attention. On behalf of the Blogger team, we send our deepest condolences.

For policy purposes, we'll need to have something sent to us via
mail or fax by a family member or relative to verify the death so that we can go forward with your request. The relative will then be able to access the account in question and remove the offensive comment.

Mail info:

Google, Inc.
Attn: Blogger
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043

Fax info:

(650) 618-2680, Attn: Blogger

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team

Ma Beck said...

That is mental illness, not intentional nastiness, I think.
Small comfort, but a comfort nonetheless. That person is severely disturbed and I'll bet Karen would want us to pray for him or her.

Christine Litteral said...

To all the kind souls out there in blogger, thank you soo much for all the loving and heartfelt prayers. Our family truly appreciate them. I too will miss Karen's posts.

Rest assured, we are doing our best to reset the password to delete the posting that is not and never will be any part of what Karen's message was.

Anyone in the Milwaukee or surrounding area, please know that we are having a memorial mass/service in Milwaukee at St John's Cathedral -downtown. A major majority of the siblings will be there, and we would love to meet any and all of Karen's friends and external family. Even if you've never met her, but were touched by her blog, please know you are welcome and we can share her spirit with you.

Again, thank you to everyone for the prayers and kind words. Please know that are welcome and well needed.
With Love and Prayer,
Christine Knapp (Litteral) #8 of 8

desiree may said...

Good luck on your journey Karen Marie
we hope for your happiness will miss you.




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