Tomorrow I am going to teach 4 kids more of a simplified version of the Westminster Cathechism, questions 76-83.
Today I met with my spiritual director, a Jesuit priest, who told me what I was doing was very much like what the Catholic Church did before Vatican 2, only they used the Baltimore Catechism.
I looked it up and there are identical questions in a lot of it, but a lot of different material and, in some key cases, very different answers.
I know about the doctrinal differences, maybe not all of them but the major ones. I know where I stand on some of it. Regardless, I am praying that this somewhat shaky ministry I get to be a part of at the local jail, through the Catholic church, takes off in a way that frees people to live abundant lives, no matter who is involved, as long as the Holy Spirit is in the lead.
New Year’s I learned that the reformed church I am teaching Catechism kids club at is interested in maybe being part of a jail ministry. I am hoping both denominations can have an active part. My pastor at the protestant church is not too keen on the idea, but thinks it’d be good to get a foot in the door.
I don’t have faith that this will work, but I have hope. I pray for more faith. There is already love, so God’s in this. I love them all. The women broken and unbelieving, the Catholics serving no matter what, the Protestants uncompromising and bold. I identify with all of them. Now I’m looking at Him. I’ll do what’s in front of me, and I’m looking for Him to work. This is a great thing for Him because if something amazing does happen here, only an act of God would be a sufficient explanation.