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Thursday Great Books Study at 10:30 AM

                                                               
  Dear Folks:

We continue reading (and discussing) a book entitled 
Moral Leadership  for a Divided Age Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World
 by David P. Gushee and Colin Holtz.  
The authors state: "The point of this book is not to insist on a single authoritative list of moral leaders. Our hope, instead, is that this book deepens your understanding of moral  leadership and strengthens your ability to discern it."

This week, as we move into a study of the life, principles, ministry, and impact of Arch Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980 ), I would like, again, to focus on a principle that seems to be a constant in our study. That principal is that moral leaders give hope to people who do not have faith that their lives can ever really be different. They EXIST without hope. They do not LIVE believing their lives can ever really be different. The "moral" leaders we are studying are not perfect, but they have a vision and the strength to inspire others to have hope. The Scripture passages I ask you to read and meditate upon in advance are: Matthew 6:10, Luke 17:21, and Romans 14:17.  
Oscar Romero's life and work offer a number of important lessons about moral leadership:
It is never too late. 
Practice self-examination.
Evaluate structures.
Develop communication and listening skills.
Responsibility changes you.


Discussion Questions:
1. What do you think of Oscar Romero's conversion? What caused it? 
2. Compare Mother Teresa's and Oscar Romero's approaches to poverty. Which do you find most compelling? Why? 
3. How did Romero's spirituality affect his sense of vocation? 
4. What do you make of Romero's childhood and the effect it had on his later conversion? 
5. What was the relationship between Romero and John Paul II? How does it change your opinion of each man?

Gushee, David P.. Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World (pp. 225-226). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

  Since I post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, https://www.saintjeromeschama.com/, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyl@aol.com
Bless you all,
Fr Kelly


Fr. Colin Kelly
St. Jerome's Episcopal Church 
331 N. Pine, State Road 29
Chama, NM 87520
cpkellyl@aol.com

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