These are my thoughts on part one of CatholicMom.com's weekly discussion of Forming Intentnional Disciples. I'm putting my answer to the study questions here in order to link it on the CatholicMom study site. Those of you who aren't interested in this topic, just skip any post the has Lawn Chair Catechism in the title.
From the book, Forming Intentional Disciples. The author has just asked a parish leader to describe her relationship with God.
"After thinking carefully for a few moments, she responded briskly, “I don’t have a relationship with God.” Her answer stunned me. My first thoughts were, “That’s not possible. You’re a leader in your parish. You wouldn’t do that without kind of relationship with God . . ..”
We learned that the majority of even “active” American Catholics are still at an early, essentially passive stage of spiritual development. . . . We discovered, to our surprise and dismay, that many pastoral leaders do not even possess a conceptual category for discipleship. As long as this holds true, the theology of the laity and the Church’s teaching on social justice and evangelization will remain beautiful ideals that are, practically speaking, dead letters for the vast majority of Catholics."
Here are the study questions with my replies: