Disciples of God's Spirit (DOGS)
Who: We are a small faith-sharing group of men at Our Lady of the Lake Church. We welcome men of all faiths, although our focus is rooted in Catholicism.
What: Each week, one member of the group leads a discussion of a faith-based topic of his choice. This “leadership” responsibility is rotated through the membership of 20-25 men. Meetings last one hour.
When: Every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 AM.
Where: The Nazareth Room on the second floor of the Parish Center.
How: We gather around a rectangular grouping of tables, sipping coffee, sweeping the cobwebs out of our early-morning minds, and interacting informally over the topic of the day. Each participant is as talkative or as quiet as suits his inclinations. There is no obligation to show up on any given Saturday (unless, of course, you happen to be the “lead sled DOG” that day). Some members are regulars; others come when they are so inclined. A member who can’t lead on his assigned Saturday simply arranges to switch assignments with another DOG.
Why: We come for recharging of our spiritual batteries. We are not a service organization (of which there are many in the parish, and there are many DOGS who volunteer in those organizations). We feel refreshed and re-energized by these weekly encounters, even on those Saturdays when it may be hard to roll out of bed at 6:30 AM.
Dues: There aren’t any!
Invitation: You have a standing one to join us any Saturday morning. We don’t bite!
Examples of recent topics: Structure of the Bible, Lessons in Leadership of a Young Swiss Guard in the Vatican of John Paul II, The Prodigal Son, “Stages of Sin” from St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Divine Mercy, Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Life After Sunday, Peter Kreeft’s “Twelve Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had”, The Empty Tomb, Toward a More Active Prayer Life, Faith in “Les Miserables,” The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, St. Augustine on Why God Asks Us to Pray, Guardian Angels, Reflections on Death of Loved Ones, St. John Chrysostom’s Five Paths of Repentance, The Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) as Aid to Daily Prayer, Evidence of the Star of Bethlehem in Astronomical History, Constructive and Destructive Regret, Catholic Shrines in the Desert Southwest, Meaning in Suffering, Dion’s Spiritual Journey, Introduction to Pope Francis I, Meaning of Community, Scripture and Tradition on Fasting, Scientific Reasons to Believe, Purgatory, Calls to Religious Vocation, A West Coast “Walk for Life” Experience, Freedom and Free Will, Insights from St. Augustine’s “City of God,” Comparing the Propagation of Christianity and Islam, St. Cyprian’s Explication of the Lord’s Prayer, Humility and Forgiveness, Matthew Kelly on Catholic Leadership, Hearing the Word of God and Acting On It, Reflections on Thanksgiving and Sukkoth.
DOGS Mission Statement (but it’s a little over-the-top to suggest that our organization has a mission):
We exist to know, love and serve God as Christian men, striving for growth in holiness and service to our families, friends and the Church. We hope that our sharing and fellowship and the guidance of the Holy Spirit will help us achieve these ends.
Contact: Steve Hickok,