A Secret Mission


Deacon Guy and Miss Pam got the thrill of a lifetime recently. It happened in the Chucktown Diocese, like so many other wonderful things seem to happen these days under Bishop Bob’s leadership.

The bishop called them both down for visit with him in the Cathedral. Actually, he had an ulterior motive. He had selected them for a special assignment.


Bishop Bob had been rereading Pope Francis’ exhortation The Joy of the Gospel. The Pope encouraged the Church to get back to the freshness of the Gospel and discover what he calls “new avenues” and “new paths of creativity” for sharing the love of Jesus.

The book reminded Bishop Bob of the “Wedding of Cana” (John 2). In that story, a lot of people did a lot of things. The wine steward told Mary about the wine running out. Mary told Jesus about the wine steward’s problem. Mary also went to the servants and told them to go to Jesus. She directed them to do whatever Jesus told them to do. Jesus prayed. And then He did something truly remarkable. Our Lord changed plain, old water into the finest of wines. Everyone had a job and did it.

Bishop Bob thought about one more thing. Ever since the days of Babel (Gen 11:1-9), culture has been the key. If you want to love people, you find them in their culture. And that’s where you have to love them.


Bishop Bob decided the new team would inculcate Lowcountry culture with a dynamic form of love. He planned to select a cool deacon-and-wife team to go, but not as church people. They would go undercover as real people in an ordinary world. And he would also send Herman Nootks, his Cathedral mouse, to prayer walk just as St. Dominic taught the world to do.

“Prayer and love!” Bishop Bob thought. That would be their mission. What a wonderful way to reach a world in perpetual turmoil!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

Prayer walk like St Dominic.
It still works today!

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