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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Session 7: Chapter 6 The Second Threshold: Curiosity

The hands-on practicality continues in Chapter 6 of Sherry Weddell's Forming Intentional Disciples. If you would like to review the complete study guide for this Session, click here and scroll down to Session 7.

I had the opportunity last Saturday night, to invite a friend from work I've know for many years, his wife and daughter to accompany my wife and me to mass. Both my friend and his wife were "raised Catholic" but for a variety of reasons had become inactive.

Our book became almost a "how-to" guide for yours truly. I have to admit that it was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.
"It is very important that we tread lightly. You can easily quench inquiries by drowning a teaspoon full of curiosity with a gallon of answers."
Our pastor, who is a gifted homilist was away on retreat, and our visiting presider was a Monsignor from Cross Catholic Outreach; I was anxious about what to expect. 
"How to arouse curiosity?  . . . one of the most helpful ways to arouse curiosity is to pose a question."
Fr. Hays
If you've ever read the Fr. Edward M. Hays allegory,The Magic LanternMonsignor Bertagni is Fr. Fiasco come to life - I even told him so after mass! 

The Holy Spirit was definitely watching over our celebration as I received an email the next day from my friend thanking me for the invitation and letting me know that they would be returning.
". . . The point of this approach is to allow the natural curiosity of the human person to draw him or her to an encounter with the person of Jesus."
Thank you God that the words from our study guide were ringing in my ears . . . 

To return to Session 7 of Lawn Chair Catechism, click here.


  1. What else is there to say, except - FABULOUS! What a wonderful - in action account. Thank you for sharing and how blessed are we that we've got this book for just these occasions!

    1. Thanks Cristina! Who said, "You can't teach an old dog (me) new tricks." Keep praying!

  2. Hal -Great story! It's always fun when the Holy Spirit gives us the chance to practice what we are learning!