View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Spirit Alive: Gospel of Mark

As part of the "Spirit Alive" program of renewal in the Diocese of Rochester, Catholics across the Diocese are being asked to read the Gospel of Mark.

At St. Theodore's November 30, Father Steve Kraus blessed the Bibles were were told to bring, and preached about reading the Bible reflectively. The parish also gave out bookmarks listing the specific passages the Diocese is suggesting we reflect on each Sunday between now and March 29.

November 30 was Mark 1:1-8.

The bookmark asks the question "What if every Catholic in the Diocese of Rochester read the same book?" - echoing the popular secular program in which a community bands together to read the same book.

There will be weekly reflection questions posted at

I like the idea of all of us reading the same book - and I like the idea of reading the Bible. I think we Catholics should read more Scripture. I'll read some commentaries along with it on top of the reflection questions.

Maybe we can get them to try some Chesterton next!


Blogger Rich Leonardi said...


Did you take a look at the vapid reflection questions offered by the diocese? "After a busy day, how do you like to unwind?" or "What terrifying storm or movie can you still recall vividly?" and -- my personal favorite -- "When have you felt like the demoniac – torn by so many conflicting voices and feelings?" If people want to read St. Mark, that's wonderful. But they should get themselves a solid commentary or study rather than going down the path of navel-gazing encouraged by questions such as these.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Yes, I looked at the questions.

What might seem vapid to one who has a deeper spiritual life might be a needed baby step for someone just starting out.

I like to be positive. I try to emulate St. Francis (though not always successfully).

9:27 PM  
Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

Baby steps need not be pop-psychotherapeutic.

And I appreciate your commitment to staying positive, especially given the local circumstances.

9:47 PM  

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