Hello folks. Pretty choked up right now. I wanted to share with you the words I used to end today's final webinar for the Forum. They are the words of Jim Dunning, from an article he wrote entitled "The Social Dimensions of Conversion," in the now out-of-print Paulist Press book Conversion and the Catechumenate. Jim Dunning, of course, was the founder of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and was a mentor, friend, prophet, and inspiration.
"The good news is that the future is now--not the future of doomsday but our resurrection in Jesus begins now. We are a graced people now. The demons are more than private sins, but the Holy Spirit also is no private possession. The Spirit possesses us now, as a people. We are recreated in God's image by that Spirit, and nothing is more important than to know the kind of God in whose image we are created. Ours is a God of freedom, of exodus, of justice, of liberation. Ours is a God who makes all things new. In the Spirit of that God, we make all things new. Therefore, we hope."
And so, for initiation ministry in North America, I remain hopeful.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.