Local Faithful Join CCO in Evangelization

We met Bob Mitchell when he volunteered for the Impact Mission in Vancouver this summer [2015]. He has been a member of St. Andrew’s Parish for 41 years, Bob is a big believer in the Discovery Faith Study. We asked him to tell us about it and to share his experience as a Catholic who returned to the faith as an adult.

I was away from the Church for many years of my life. When I came back in my early 30s, my faith began to grow. I also became involved in some ministries, including RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) But there was one Beatitude that always bothered me: “blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” I never thought I was worthy of this. Even though I had tried to do the right things, I believed I would never see the face of God as a result of what I had done in the past. Then through the grace of the Holy Spirit, I became involved with the Discovery faith study in my parish.

Discovery changed my whole life. What I have found in Discovery is the mercy of God and who God truly is. I learned God wasn’t interested in my past, but, rather in the person I can become. And through the mercy of God, I have learned to grow in my faith. I understand that God has done all the work for me and all I have to do now is seek His will.

So I encourage you to take Discovery, to share it and to lead it. And the experience of leading it — as I have, on two occasions — can be a spiritual blessing for you. This is because you see the people in your group share the faith and go forward. What I truly believe is Discovery offers the chance for multiplication, because if you give the faith to one, they will pass it along to another.

If you have the opportunity, take Discovery. If it doesn’t exist in your parish, talk to your pastor and order the books. Even if you’ve never taken it before, you can lead it using the CCO resources. This is a faith formation tool that can truly  transform any parish.

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 edition of the Grapevine.

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