I participated in the Convocation, representing The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, and here I offer you an honest reflection on my experience.
Truly there was much good to be affirmed at the Convocation: Daily Mass, a Eucharistic Adoration chapel, a Eucharistic procession on one of the mornings, Confessions available, morning prayer (lauds) was chanted each day, there were prominent devotions to our Blessed Mother Mary (namely a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima on display next to the stage in the middle of the main gathering room, and an evening of Marian devotion that included the Rosary).
There was also much good to be affirmed in what was not present. I didn’t see any agenda of sneaking in any new agey practices, which I have seen and heard about at various Diocesan and USCCB events in the past. I didn’t see any prayer labyrinths or workshops on centering prayer or eneagrams. I also didn’t notice any major liturgical abuses (although the option for announcements at the beginning and the end of Mass was definitely stretched, at one point even bordering on a late-night comedy talk show format, but I digress).
Additionally, many of the speakers were great, one example being Patrick Lencioni, a lay Catholic expert in leadership and organizational health who strongly encouraged the freedom to disagree with ideas in open and honest conversations as we pursue the truth together, which in my opinion is a tremendous need within the Church.
It seems to me that in all these good respects, there are many ways in which the human leadership within the mystical Body of Christ, the Catholic Church, has improved in recent years within the U.S.
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