This week at church, I began my class on the St. Francis. I am no teacher. I am not a pastor. I am not a trained theologian. I have no formal theological training. I am smart, passionate and well read. The St. Francis prayer has helped me connect to God and I believe this prayer and the life of St. Francis can help anyone who wants to live a more humble, Jesus-centered, God-glorifying life. You don’t have to be Catholic. I am not. I have not even been inside a Catholic Church. Except for reading the occasional book from a Catholic author, the closest to the Catholic Church I have gotten is that my grandmother was Catholic before marrying my Mormon grandfather.
I was nervous, but also excited to share what I have learned and my passion for this prayer. The beginning of the class was shaky and I fumbled a bit, but the moment I put my notes away and just started conversing on this prayer, it went much smoother. I am even looking forward to the next class this Sunday. We will be talking about sowing love where there is hatred. From the conversation we had on the prayer as a whole in the first session, I am excited to hear what is said and where the dialogue leads us.
I am thinking about leading another study. I am serious about going to seminary and becoming a pastor, so this class is only a first step on my path. It will be a few months before my next class and might not happen until next year. I find the more I am involved and the more I interact with the people at my church the more I see my church as a community, a family. We are not perfect and we will stumble and step on each other’s toes more often than not, but we are committed to the way of Jesus.
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What happened at your church this past weekend?