Met with the other ten men and their wives at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. It is the first of many Saturday formation meetings, to be held the second Saturday of every month, with a "break" in July and August. The "break" is for our summer ministry work.
For our meeting this month most of the day was spent with each of the couples speaking for ten minutes on their background, how we got to where we are today, a concern we might have regarding diaconal discernment, and hopes that we hold. I am humbled by what I heard today. The faith, the spirituality, the love of the couples to one another, and the variety of ministries these men and their wives have fulfilled was just inspiring. When you are constantly bombarded with horrific acts man perpetuates on his fellow man during the evening news (or on one of the many 24 hour news channels), it was refreshing to hear of act of love, hope, and charity.
The afternoon we spent time going over how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. While there are numerous electronic versions of the Liturgy of the Hours, the formation team wants us to learn how to pray the Hours out of a book, either the four volume set, or the single volume, Christian Prayer. Our wives are encouraged to pray the Hours with us, so after the session Juanita and I stopped and picked up a copy of Christian Prayer for her. We took Juanita's copy with us to Mass to have it blessed. Fr. Vic was presiding. He had spoken to the Aspirants at the retreat in August, so having him bless Juanita's Christian Prayer was fitting.
Next Sunday we are attending the Rite of Candidacy which is being held at St. Isaac Jogues in St. Clair Shores. While our attendance is not mandatory, it falls under the category of "Also-Expected Events" it will be a good to witness this rite. A year from now I could be going through the Right of Candidacy along with the other ten Aspirants.