From another blog site I write for:
Last Saturday we started Course 5 (imaginatively named) in the LIMEX program for lay ecclesial ministers. In a few weeks we will be halfway through the required courses in a program to create lay ministers for a church that sometimes feels a need for them, doesn’t know what to do with them, does not want, for political reasons, to always acknowledge them, and in some places, actively resists the idea and discourages lay ministers from ministering. We live in interesting times.
Nevertheless, in our first discussions I noticed a change. We all referred to ourselves, and very comfortably, as ‘ministers’ and our activity as ‘ministering’. We have crossed the Rubicon in our course work from possibility to probability though we are all cognizant of the problems ahead for us, a few of which I mentioned above, and a few I imagine we have yet to discover.
Still we go on and I think, with a great deal of faith and hope, that we will somehow make a difference for the better in new duties, or do current duties better and more faithfully.
John Henry Newman might have been speaking of us when he said in another context “Say they are few…They are enough to carry on God’s noiseless work”. I hope and trust that we are, and will be, part of the few.