Lawn Chair Catechism, Session 14: Concluding Thoughts



Welcome to the final session of Lawn Chair Catechism, using Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry Weddell (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012).

A few notes:

  • You’ll be able to leave comments and/or leave your link at the end.
  • You do not have to read the book to participate. Check out our discussion guide. There’s plenty to get started with if that’s all you use (one page a week).

This week, we’ll be sharing our concluding thoughts.


A few of my thoughts:

We’ve spent the entire summer journeying through this book together. I’ll admit: reading this book slowly like this has had a different impact on me than I expected. I found myself sharing this book in a more detailed way than I would have otherwise: my temptation would have been to whip through it and read it in a few days.

I was particularly struck by the idea of kerygma, the idea that Jesus is the whole reason for everything we do. Period.

We have to have a relationship with Jesus.

I feel like Bill Engvall might be waiting in the wings to hand me my sign…but there it is. It’s so obvious and so easy to lose sight of.

Truly, this was one of the best books I’ve read, and it’s applicable to every area of my Catholic faith life, from my work in our parish to my work here at to my family life to my interior life.

For discussion:

In your own faith:

  • What action are you inspired to take as a result of studying this book over the summer?
  • How will you put the concepts and ideas that struck you most into action?
  • Who will you share this book and the ideas in it with?

In your parish:

  • How can you make this book a lived reality in your parish?
  • How can you share this book to make a difference?
  • What else can you do in your parish to start the ball rolling or keep the ball rolling to make it a center for disciples?

Join the discussion!

We’ll be “talking” in the combox, too, so please leave your thoughts there as well!


About Author

When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


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  2. The next step is to do something physical. Maybe as small as introducing yourself to someone you don’t know after Mass every week; and asking them about themselves: where ya from? this ya huzbun? how’d y’all meet? when did ya first consider him marriage material? got any kids? where were ya born? how’d ya wind up here? ya Catholic or just visiting? cradle or convert? how’d ya pick this parish? Ya been to the parish breakfast yet?…

  3. I am blessed to be youth minister at my parish. As a result of reading this book, I will be sure to stress our personal relationship with our Lord. I will also try to become a better listener (usually I am so eager to share that I forget to let them share too). Hopefully, I will be able to discern where on their faith journey the teens who God places in my life are. Then, perhaps through the help of the Holy Spirit, I can enable them to move closer to our Lord.

    Now to pass this book onto our RCIA director…

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