24/7 Christian: Discipleship Book Series (St. Michael the Archangel – Canton, OH) Fall 2015

October 15 – November 22, 201524-7 Christian


St. Michael the Archangel (Canton, OH)


5-Week Book Series, using Christine Fletcher’s Book, 24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity – (Amazon)

Thursday Evenings, 7:00pm, Oct 15 – Nov 12

Friday Mornings, 8:45am, Oct 16 – Nov 13

Sunday Mornings,10:15am, Oct 18 – Nov 22 (No session Nov 15)

Series Schedule and Information


Week 1: General Information

Helpful Guidelines for Faith Sharing Groups

24-7 Christian – Points for Reflection (Courtesy of Bill Miller)

Prayer from: Sr. Melannie Svoboda’s When the Blue Heron Flies (Amazon) (Number 11: Every act, pp. 25-26) – 1 Corinthians 16:14: Your every act should be done in love

Prayer of First Principle and Foundation

Prayer found in Love by Bergan and Schwan (Amazon)

Prayer is an adaptation of St. Ignatius’ First Principle and Foundation 

Additional Book: Sherry Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Amazon)


Week 2: Faith and Life; Vatican II and the Laity

Opening Prayer: Prayer for Light in All Seasons

Week 2 Handout: Three Understandings of the World; Vatican II

A Little Humor: James Martin, SJ on Heaven


Week 3: God Calls Us in Scripture

Week 3 Handout: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark – Many Characters


Week 4: Discovering My Call; Catholic Social Teaching

Opening Prayer: Prayer of Thomas Merton

Catholicism, the Pope, and Public Perception (Op-Ed in Canton Repository on Catholic Social Teaching and Current Events, by Father King, Justin Huyck, and Julie Sutton)

U.S. Bishops: Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Video: CST 101, Part 1: Care for God’s Creation

Video: CST 101, Part 2: Life and Dignity of the Human Person

These last 2 videos are part of a seven part series on Catholic Social Teaching from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), with more to come  on the CRS YouTube Channel

Video: The Biblical Roots of Catholic Social Teaching (from America Magazine)


Week 5: Living a 24/7 Christian Life; Prayer

Rule of St. Benedict

Resources for Lectio Divina

Video: James Martin, SJ on Lectio Divina (Praying with the Bible)

St. Louis University Sunday Website

Catholic Prayer Bible: Lectio Divina Edition (Also available in Hardcover)

Books for Liturgy of the Hours (Daily Prayer)

Benedictine Daily Prayer (A Short Breviary), 2nd ed. (Released Fall 2015. 1st ed. available on Amazon)

Catholic Youth Prayer Book, 2nd ed. (With 4 week psalter for daily prayer)

Magazines/Periodicals for Daily Prayer and Lectio Divina:

Give Us This Day (Also available on kiosk in St. Michael’s Gathering Space)

Living With Christ


Liturgy of the Hours Online


ibreviary (Mostly smartphone app, but also on web)

Books on Variety of Prayer and Devotional Practices:

Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions

Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasure of Old and New

Videos from Church in the 21st Century Center on Prayer Practices:

Why Spiritual Matters (Prayer Experience)

Spirituality Matters: Engaging the Convesration (Various Voices and Ideas)

All Videos from C21 Engage (Especially about Spiritual Practices)

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