Today's world desperately needs the vision, justice, and hands-on work of the reign of God.
And while the world urgently needs the church, the church--clergy and laity together--must become, in new and courageous ways, something that the world actually needs.
The "Dare to Believe" process
1. A one-day Pastoral Leaders Inservice
2. A one-day Parish Immersion
3. Accountability Circles
4. Quarterly and as-needed consultation
Learn more about "Dare to Believe, Rise Up to Act" on the Parish Resources page.
Like Peter, we too are called to walk across the uncertain surfaces of our own turbulent times.
Mary Sharon's inspiration for 2018: "To be evangelized means to be awakened to Christ in a way that changes me, in a way that will not let me go back to sleep."
Check out video album highlights from Mary Sharon's "Anointed for a Purpose" parish mission talks, October 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, West Des Moines, Iowa.
"Mary Sharon's five days at our parish were everything she promised and more. Her captivating stories and challenging message to live our anointing as baptized people helped us to better understand our call to live the Gospel and to stand in the place of Christ wherever we go!"
Faye Akers Director of Evangelization St. Francis of Assisi Church, West Des Moines IA
Comments from Mary Sharon's "Anointed for a Purpose" parish mission, Sacred Heart Church, Roseau MN (March 16-18, 2018)
"Above all, thanks for all the inspiring and challenging and insightful mission presentations and sessions! You really put everything you had into your time with us, and were a beautiful channel of God's love to us." Rev. John Kleinwachter, pastor
And from parish mission attendeess: "Wonderfully inspired! Thank you!" "We are commissioned to be the hands and feet of Christ--Thank you for your love!" "Be ignited! This message stays with me!" "Love your enthusiasm in the Spirit. You inspire me!"
Mary Sharon with parish mission participants Steve and Donna Dostal, Sacred Heart Church, Roseau MN, March 19, 2018
Comments from Mary Sharon's "Anointed for a Purpose" mission, St. Monica Church, East Peoria IL
"Mary Sharon, you were fantastic. You ARE fantastic. Truly anointed!"
"Just as Jesus used stories to teach, your stories were relatable and delightful to hear. The anointed life in action! Thank you for spreading your messages of encouragement and challenge to the world. The Holy Soirit is stirring with delight in our core. We will be 'giving God more to work with!'"
Mary Sharon Moore with the parish mission team at St. Monica Church, East Peoria IL, August 26-28, 2017
Pope Francis steps out of the kitchen to wave a blessing to the audience before Mary Sharon's morning talk at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo IL, in March 2015.
Catch Mary Sharon's "In Person" interview with Dina Marie Hale on Mater Dei Radio, March 23, 2017. Mary Sharon shares insights into her latest book, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, and much more!
Mary Sharon's latest book, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, available now.
Mary Sharon is pleased to announce the release of her latest book, Lord Teach Us to Pray.
This intimate look into her prayer life will guide you in your own prayer journey, with reflection questions at the end of each section.
In Lord, Teach Us to Pray you will explore ...
Prayer as encounter
Prayer as holy conversation
Prayer as invitation to something more
Plus, learn how Mary Sharon prays, and more importantly, why she prays.
Quotes worth pondering ... "Justice is what love looks like in the public places. Mercy is what love looks like in the hidden spaces." (Anonymous)
"We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 229)
"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, falling in love in quite an absolute final way." (Pedro Arupe, SJ)
"We have hardly thought through the immense implications of the mystery of the Incarnation. ... Our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there is brokenness, loneliness, and human need. If the church has a future it is a future with the poor in whatever form." (Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey)
"In the world's schema of things, survival of the fittest is the rule. In God's schema, survival of the weakest is the rule." (Ronald Rolheiser, Holy Longing)
"One way I come to love God is to love what God loves." (Eric Rogers, physicist)
"To be evangelized means to be awakened to Christ in a way that changes me, in a way that will not let me go back to sleep." (Mary Sharon Moore, in her retreat "What I am Learning," given to conferences of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, June 11, 2016)
"The fundamental change ... consists of an awakening, but from another type of sleep ... the sleep of inhumanity." (Theologian Jon Sobrino, The Principle of Mercy)
"We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 52)
"There is no way to peace, peace itself being the way." (A. J. Muste, peacemaker, 1885-1967)
"You either walk toward love or away from it with every breath you draw." (Brian Doyle, "The Final Frontier")
"The ones who have inspired me are the ones who have done more with less, and have gone farther, with more in their way." (Singer songwriter John Gorka)
"To live for Jesus, I discover, is to live for those most hidden within his poverty, who will be hidden where I am hidden, too, when I embrace the One who is poor." (Mary Sharon Moore, Conformed to Christ)
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children." (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
"Prayer and comfortable living are incompatible." (St. Teresa of Avila, Way of Perfection 4:2)
"My solitude is not my own, for I see now how much it belongs to [others]--and that I have a responsibility for it in their regard, not just in my own. It is because I am one with them that I owe it to them to be alone, and when I am alone they are not 'they' but my own self. There are no strangers!" (Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, 1966)