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  1. 1. We bring to Him all are simple, but important tools, and we have received the giftof faith is not to hide it, but to spread it, so that it can illuminate the path of somany brothers. ADDRESS D EL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCOTO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THEPONTIFICAL MISSIONPatron: Fr James Norris.“Take and receive O’ Lord, my memory,My understanding and my will.”Born. 23 April 1923.Ordained. 27 July 1947.Died. 6 Oct 2007.Fr. James Norris-Mitigated St Ignatius rule-formation diary.A confraternityMr Mark & Mrs Annette BairdThursday, May 23, 2013Page 1 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  2. 2. ContentsINTRODUCTION. ........................................................................................................3REFERENCES...........................................................................................................16THE FR. NORRIS OPUS..............................................................................................4THE FR NORRIS WORK IS A GUIDED CATECHESIS AIMED TO DEEPEN THISLOVE STORY, WITHOUT BEING TOO ACADEMICALLY DRY AND SIMPLERTHAN ST IGNATIUS SPIRITUAL EXERCISES. .......................................................4"FROM THE TIME THE GOSPEL WAS FIRST PREACHED, THE CHURCH HASKNOWN THE PROCESS OF ENCOUNTER AND ENGAGEMENT WITHCULTURES" (FIDES ET RATIO, 70), FOR "IT IS ONE OF THE PROPERTIES OFTHE HUMAN PERSON THAT HE CAN ACHIEVE TRUE AND FULL HUMANITYONLY BY MEANS OF CULTURE" (GAUDIUM ET SPES, 53). ................................4A NOTICEABLY LARGER NUMBER OF DIFFERENT CULTURES ARE PRESENTIN OUR CHURCH’S. “CULTURE, THIS PARTICULAR WAY IN WHICH PERSONSAND PEOPLES CULTIVATE THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE AND THEIRBROTHERS AND SISTERS, WITH THEMSELVES AND WITH GOD, SO AS TOATTAIN A FULLY HUMAN EXISTENCE (CF. GAUDIUM ET SPES, 53).” IBELIEVE, BECAUSE OF OUR DISABILITIES THE NORRIS WORK IS SPECIFICA GROUP OF PARISHIONERS WITHIN THE CHURCH. OUR CULTURALMISSION IS TO USE THE WORK ‘OPUS IN FIDES’ (THE FR NORRIS DIARY) ASA CATECHESIS, IT ASKS THE QUESTIONS PREVALENT TO EVERYONE.“WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE? TO PRAISE REVERENCE AND SERVE GODAND TO ATTAIN SALVATION. WHO CREATED ME? THE HOLY TRINITY –THESON AND HOLY GHOST ALL HAD ME IN MIND FROM ALL ETERNITY. I HAVELOVED THEE WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE.” (NORRIS, JAMES. ‘OPUS INFIDES’ 1941. P 28).......................................................................................................4THE NEW EVANGELIZATION..................................................................................11COMMITTEE STRUCTURE......................................................................................13FINANCIALS FOR THE FIRST YEAR.......................................................................13STARTING IN YEAR…….PER ANNUM EXPENSES …. .......................................14Page 2 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  3. 3. OBJECTIVE: "QUAERERE DEUM", ……….. TO SEEK GOD.Contact email: for information and comments thank and peace be with you - in Christ Jesus.In 1941 Fr. James Norris was ‘called’ by God to enter the Seminary in Essedon, Australia andafter Ordination went to work in Japan until retirement, returning to Rotorua his hometown in2004. After a few meetings to talk about the faith Fr Norris handed on his diary to MarkBaird in 2004 and after studying his dairy I decided to type up his notes and study his workbecause I believe it has great merit for the average person and the Catholic Church and it isour hope to eventually form a confraternity with the aim of serving the Church.The Fr. James Norris mitigated diary titled [Opus in fides] caused an 1‘event,’ whichoccurred 8 years ago and I have reflected on its meaning and how this gift could best bearfruit for the Holy Catholic Church and the reflection on the need for a specific confraternity.We believe this ‘event’ was a calling from the Holy Spirit and the tradition of Fr Norris’‘handing on’ of his diary is something that requires the use of our talents to benefit peoplewho are looking for an understanding on reflective spiritual exercises.There are three parts to the opus; submission (sequilla christii), diary (Opus in fides), and rule(catechetical directory). The praxis of the work needs a lot of discernment on how best topropagate this little branch of the faith while keeping the diary accurate to the words anddesire of Fr Norris. The Fr. Norris opus is mitigated from the St Ignatius exercises making itPage 3 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  4. 4. a reflection catechesis used in reference to the ‘exercises’ it gives the catechist a study guideto their own reflection and that of both Fr. Norris and St Ignatius.The New Evangelization is the same doctrine coming from the deposit of faith it mustcontinue to be taught correctly without error and the Opus of Fr Norris is mitigated from theSt Ignatius exercises. It is the deposit of the faith that remains unchanging only ourunderstanding deepens in the meaning and abiding with 1Canon Law we have no desire toestablish any ministry without the proper ecclesiastical authority.The Fr. Norris Opus.Pope emeritus Benedict makes the important point about how a relationship with God plays acrucial part in faith.2‘The first paragraph of Dues Caritas Est announces that being a Christian is not theresult of an ethical choice or a lofty ideal but the encounter with an event, a person,who gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. This event is guided by theHoly Spirit and fostered by the Sacraments and the teaching of the Magisterium.Christianity is not an intellectual system, a collection of dogmas or a moralism.Christianity is a love story it is an event.’The Fr Norris work is a guided catechesis aimed to deepen this love story, without being tooacademically dry and simpler than St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises.3"From the time the Gospel was first preached, the Church has known the process ofencounter and engagement with cultures" (Fides et Ratio, 70), for "it is one of theproperties of the human person that he can achieve true and full humanity only bymeans of culture" (Gaudium et Spes, 53).A noticeably larger number of different cultures are present in our Church’s. 4“Culture, thisparticular way in which persons and peoples cultivate their relationship with nature andtheir brothers and sisters, with themselves and with God, so as to attain a fully humanexistence (Cf. Gaudium et Spes, 53).” I believe, because of our disabilities the Norriswork is specific a group of parishioners within the Church. Our cultural mission is to usethe work ‘Opus in Fides’ (the Fr Norris diary) as a catechesis, it asks the questionsprevalent to everyone. “What is our purpose in life? To praise reverence and serve Godand to attain salvation. Who created me? The Holy Trinity –The Son and Holy Ghost allhad me in mind from all eternity. I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” (Norris,James. ‘Opus in fides’ 1941. p 28)By our own witness and vocation, our ministry attracts the ‘diversely able’ and in most casesthe poor and disadvantaged have a shy nature and are often feel uncomfortable in traditionalcatechetical programs, often needing more support and encouragement than the average1Can. 299 §1. By means of a private agreement made among themselves, the Christian faithful are free toestablish associations to pursue the purposes mentioned in ⇒ can. 298, §1, without prejudice to the prescriptof ⇒ can. 301, §1. Can. 301§1 It is for the competent ecclesiastical authority alone to establish associations ofChrist’s faithful which intend to impart Christian teaching in the name of the Church, or to promote publicworship, or which are directed to other ends whose pursuit is of its nature reserved to the samePage 4 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  5. 5. person. The primary goal is to bring the person into the ‘love story’ and this cannot beachieved without sacramental grace.5“In what does man’s wretchedness actually consist? Above all, in his insecurity; inthe uncertainties with which he is burdened; in the limitations that oppress him; thelack of freedom that binds him; in the pain that makes life hateful to him. We can say,then, that the root of man’s wretchedness is loneliness is the absence of love.”No person is free from suffering and the obvious social problems are many; secularism, ourgreatest threat to religious life and social injustice has eroded our image of God that shinesover man and restoring this cannot be done by simply by pouring money into an organizationor by hiring well qualified managers. By restoring this inner image of light trueevangelization takes place, we must not expect perfection but look for the ‘event’. We wantto create a space to work and are not really concerned with the ego or how we are perceivedby others, God’s will is our primary concern.When a person enters into the ‘love story’ it is not something easy but a mystery, often aword or an action causes metanoia and credit must go to the Holy Spirit who enlightens thesoul to the truth about life. The heartache surrounding the uncertainties of life cause fear andthis in turn leads to an absence of charity. The most common root of all mans problems isloneness.6‘No one can escape from the fundamental questions: What must I do? How do Idistinguish good from evil? The answer is only possible thanks to the splendour of thetruth which shines forth deep within the human spirit, as the Psalmist bears witness:"There are many who say: O that we might see some good! Let the light of your faceshine on us, O Lord”. (Ps 4:6).In addition to the ‘Opus’ of the Fr Norris diary there exists a catechetical directory containingprayer, creed and Scripture notes that aid the pupil in formation. It has been asked; if we arepopular, how big is our following, do we have the support of the parishioners? Well, God’sWill is a mystery and all we can do is what is pleases Him, as a child wants to please theFather we want to have the Fathers love and respect. The question is what to do with this giftof the Fr Norris diary? Is it meant for me alone or is it to be shared with others?In the search for life’s answers, all people look for a suitable culture to ‘fit into’7But what soil received the word of God? As then, so today too it can encounterclosure and rejection, ways of thinking and living that are far from the search for Godand for the truth. People of today are often confused and fail to find an answer to themany questions that torment the mind on the meaning of life, and to the queries thatare lodged in the depths of their heart. Human beings cannot escape these questionsthat touch on the meaning of self and reality, they cannot live in one singledimension! Instead, they are often distanced from the search for the essential in lifewhile an ephemeral happiness is proposed to them that is briefly satisfying but soongives way to sadness and dissatisfaction.Faith once received has to be developed into a life long way of living and if planted in goodsoil remains true to the faith. I personally received the boost in my faith from the Eucharistand need communio with the Body of Christ to remain centered on what the meaning of lifePage 5 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  6. 6. is. The Exercises of St Ignatius have the fundamental principle of working on the interior lifeof the person first and this is true evangelization; it is a pilgrimage, by becoming witnesses,imperfect but looking for our Fathers approval we can find the meaning of life and ourrelationship to the Creator.The diary of Fr Norris is a mitigated work from the St Ignatius exercises and has the sameprinciple and is less complicated, more suited to the average layperson.The diary is a catechesis that helps the pupil study the meaning of life. “I came from God, Ibelong to God, I am destined for God. All things outside myself are creatures for my use, lentto me by God to help me attain my salvation, outside my soul. I must be detached from thesecreatures, not making a creature an end in itself. That is sin, an abuse of creation.” (Fr Norris.Opus in Fides. 1941. p 15). By starting at the beginning of our relationship with God andcreation Fr Norris reflects on our duty and the goal of salvation.The reason why ‘Opus in Fides’ is a society and that it provides a greater level of support isapparent by the level of study that is needed in formation. You cannot just spend 45 minutesat Mass and then go about doing something else, unrelated to the Gospel. We are called intothe Church and then sent to proclaim the Good News.8‘Base’ communities are not a new concept in times when simply faith was consideredthe answer to the Church’s formation theology. ‘The ease with which the word ‘base’has, in the meantime insinuated itself into the vocabulary of high Church officials isone of the oddities in the development of the Church in recent years. The wordimplies a system of values that is far from self-evident. The structuring in terms of‘base’ is intended to give the oppressed an opportunity to speak for themselves and sofinally to convert the heretofore false structure of society into a new sound one.’A base is an essential part of formation a physical presence in the Church means the studentscan come and work together. With the Church doors locked and no one there it is hard to getany support. The Priest has so many jobs do to; the receptionist is always busy aboutadministration, so what is the best solution? There are universities for the educated; formationprograms, sacramental programs, schools, prayer groups and scripture study groups. Anoffice is a presence, a quiet place for formation.9‘On the threshold of the modern age, the Imitation of Christ voices a dramatic protestagainst the disintegration of faith into a theology that had become empty learning andthe determined option for a Christianity of the unlearned; “Let it be our highest studyto become absorbed in meditation on the life of Jesus Christ.” “Even if you knew byheart the whole Bible and sayings of all the philosophers what would it profit youwithout the love of God and His Grace”?The whole philosophy of the Catholic doctrine sets the secular belief of; success, ability,expertise and qualifications up-side down. A child is greater than anyone; a traitor is anApostle, the poor become rich, the sick are healed in a different way, the weak are madestrong. We are recognized as a new and unknown entity and rightly so, therefore we ask thein this ‘Year of Faith’ we remember the primacy of grace and the need to developconfraternities to foster greater acts of faith.It is not my will but the will of my Father that must be done; this is the way of Jesus ourteacher who makes our way of living. This includes people in the work of developing virtuePage 6 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  7. 7. by; discovering what gives life, what might it be the ideal, and how to increase it. This reallydescribes what is meant by ‘work’ this definition of the Gospel of work is something we wantto witness. When the secular world encourages a turning away from Christian work andmakes money an idol, we want the meditation of Jesus to be our work.We need an office, it is necessary to develop our religious confraternity and development innecessary to ensure justice and order. The Catechetical directory is 68 pages long and amirror of justice including parts of Scripture, Creed, prayers and rule. All the virtues lead to ahappy life with the good of man being the highest state of pleasure and thus being continualand not a fleeting emotion. Whatever the part of the world, the leading spiritual masters havefound that agape is goal of everyone. Aristotle in 347BC taught that happiness is being in astate that is achieved by virtue, since humans receive the highest form of fulfillment fromgood works. The state of happiness cannot be achieved by the purchase of objects or is it apossession, it is not a feeling, because this is temporary and happiness is fulfillment, acontinuous state where even in moments of trail our heart is in a state of love and peace.A spiritual journey is something that is often unseen and the smallest ripples in the pond cancreate a spiritual change in your life and those of your family.The grace that Jesus Christ gives us in return for loving him is unquestionable great, oftenunseen yet powerful and our lives are to learn to hear His voice the Holy Spirit and live likehe teaches, “to love one another as I have loved you.”10As a ‘base’, the credo creates its own ecumenism. The paradox of the situation liesin the fact that precisely this ecumenism of a unity experienced in terms of the creedis sceptical with regard to institutions – is in certain respects, even further removedfrom them than a base ecumenism with its predilection for action. Apart fromoccasional pronouncement it continues to be, far the most part silent, andconsequently ineffective, if not actually useless. It is here, I think that both theproblem and the hope of the situations appear most clearly. The unity of the centre ofthe credo, which reveals its binding force in the confrontation of the present. Thosewho discover it must have the courage to relinquish their distrust of institutions and totake advantage of the forms and possibilities that they offer and develop.This base is of service as well as formation of religious prayer and reflection; we want to bein the Church to be a part of the Body of Christ, a somewhat different aspect to serving as alayperson because the formation is more concentrated nature requiring less seculardistractions. To be ‘in’ the Church has a different aspect the being in the secular world andeven though it is not entirely possible to separate the two, in the beginning of formation it isnecessary to have a place of retreat to use for contemplation for the study of the Fr. Norrisopus. Once the formation reaches a certain level moving into the secular world does noteradicate temptation to sin but means the Kingdom of Heaven is more present on our journey.As Pope Benedict XVI explained, (2012) 11“Aggiornamento does not mean breakingwith tradition; rather, it is an expression of that traditions ongoing vitality. It does notmean reducing the faith, debasing it to the fashion of the times . . . Quite the contrary,just as the Council Fathers did, we must mould the today in which we live to themeasure of Christianity. We must bring the today of our times into line with thetoday of God. New methods and new forms of expression are needed to convey toPage 7 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  8. 8. the people of today the perennial truth of Jesus Christ, forever new and the source ofall newness.”The tradition is a fundamental Catholic principle and it is the history of the Church and thekingdom of God with Jesus Christ’s teaching is the pinnacle of our catechesis. It is the faithand ultimately, salvation that the Fr. Norris opus is developing an innovative way ofcatechumenal formation. Still using the correct doctrine deposited in faith by Jesus Christthrough his ordained ministers. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters]whenever you face trials ofmany kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finishits work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you shouldask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, youmust believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.7That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8Such a person is double-minded andunstable in all they do.(James 2-8)There are no easy answers to solving any of our human faults and weakness and we are notqualified except in our small sufferings to offer help to anyone and by the many efficaciousGraces in the Sacraments and with prayer and thanksgiving, living witness to a holy desire.Abnegation and active charity are a part of our ‘rule’ by this virtue we hope to find joy in ourhearts.The reason why this opus of Fr. Norris is necessary is not because it is contemporary butbecause it is at a level the common layman can understand - it is a bridge. “May yourinitiatives be “bridges”, means of bringing others to Christ, so as to journey together withhim”. (Pope Francis. Saint Peters Square. Sixth Sunday of Easter, 5 May 2013).The Church’s Tradition is handed on and the Fr. Norris opus was handed on and the effects ofVatican II have meant that the laity has this duty, even if it is beyond them in education andor formation. 2“Jesus has called you to something higher. Answer the call then aim high,relying for your consolations and joys from Him.” After further discernment, prayer andconsultation with Bishop Denis we have decided to write his book using his dairy notes. Ibelieve his diary opus, his gift to us is Divine Providence, discerning and praying using hisdiary notes it may become a ‘mitigated rule’ for our apostolic ministry for the Holy CatholicChurch. We humble ask for your opinion. The Fr Norris ‘mitigated rule’ that has developedover time is a theoretical catechesis and a gift to develop a person’s natural and grace giventalents.12“I wish to extend an invitation to solidarity to everyone, and I would like toencourage those in public office to make every effort to give new impetus toemployment, this means caring for the dignity of the person, but above all I would saydo not lose hope; St. Joseph also experienced moments of difficulty, but he never lostfaith and was able to overcome them, in the certainty that God never abandons us.”Of course there are difficulties to overcome and it is the hope that we are doing what ispleasing to God that will conquer the apathy that creeps in when things go wrong or are Ouraim is to help the many people who are called into Holy Mother Church and sometimes theymay feel intimidated and nervous about entering in the normal way. By being witnesses to thegrace that exists in the Holy Sacraments, living in union with Jesus, by His suffering, wehope that the witnessing message is truly Gospel.2Fr Norris spiritual/formation/catechetical dairy. (1941) p 185Page 8 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  9. 9. consumer advertising.’ 14“Such a life requires a continual exercise of faith, hope, andcharity. Only by the light of faith and by meditation on the word of God can onealways and everywhere recognize God in Whom "we live, and move, and have ourbeing" ( Acts 17:28), seek His will in every event, see Christ in everyone whether hebe a relative or a stranger, and make correct judgments about the true meaning andvalue of temporal things both in themselves and in their relation to mans final goal.”"For the charity of Christ impels us" (2 Cor. 5:14).This sense of mission is why we need to form a confraternity, we are not a social group orsupport group. We want to use the Fr Norris diary as a guide to deepening the faith within theChurch’s catechetical ministry. By relying on the grace in the Sacraments and the missionaryspirit in the Fr Norris diary, we hope to develop a deeper faith.As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not needanyone to teach you. But his anointing teaches you about everything and is true and notfalse; just as it taught you, remain in him. (1 Jn 2:27)Sooner or later the human body starts to degrade and ability diminishes, it is the length oftime that acts as an enforced asceticism and if the person has the opportunity to faith andreason a certain level of catechesis links the nature of the human body to the glory of theCross and the Resurrection. By Grace a person, imperfect but working towards redemptionand aided by the Sacraments; we can try to live in union with Jesus on the Cross and on ajourney to the light of the world .This is the light that will give revelation to the Gentiles.Listening to the word of God leads us first and foremost to value the need to live inaccordance with this law “written on human hearts” (cf. Rom 2:15; 7:23).The Fr Norris mitigated- St Ignatius rule that is written down is something that can lastgenerations. It is not dependent on personality but sound theology. With the grace of God andfaith we will develop an ‘office’ of prayer using the Fr Norris ‘rule’ and work in the contextof the Gospel. An ‘office’ is a fundamental need of our petition without it catecheticalformation will not develop past a level which does not bear the fruit in the Fr Norris spiritualformation diary That Congregationalist view of church is a danger we are very careful of. It isvery difficult to discern the ‘will’ of God and understand the mystery of Christological eventsin a person’s life. What may be perceived as failure or foolishness can in fact be the will ofour Father. What may prevent errors in theology and practical works can be limited byworking on Church property under the watchful gaze of our Shepherds.3‘By overcoming the alienation and filling in the trends that separate us, we shall beable to consider our difficulties in quiet a new light. If we stay close to one another,we shall also seek the best way to a tomorrow that will make possible the remedyingof the past and restoration of the former beauty of the one undivided Church.’15‘Today the difference between Thomist and Communio types is not a differenceover official magisterial teaching. Both reach the same conclusions about theimmorality of contraception, the impossibility of ordaining women and of marriagebetween persons of the same sex and the need for Sacerdotal hierarchy. However,they are different in the readings of the causes of contemporary theological crises, that3Principles of Catholic Theology. Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. St Ignatius Press. SanFrancisco (1989) 210Page 9 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  10. 10. is, different readings of where and how things went wrong. They therefore havedifferent prescriptions for remedying the post-conciliar crisis. The Communioscholars are firmly of the view that the problem of secularization was fostered by theintellectual errors of the Church’s own scholars in particular by the two-tiered orextrinsicist accounts of the relationship between nature and grace which came toprominence after the Council of Trent (1545-1563) by extrinsicist accounts of therelationship between faith and reason fostered by Leonine and Neo- Thomists whomuted the patristic heritage of the Thomism in order to defend the faith within theKantian parameters and by extrinsicist accounts of the relationship between the worldand the Church, sometimes called the distinction between the secular and sacredrealms, fostered by Catholic scholars dedicated to a synthesis of the Liberal andCatholic traditions.’Our gospel/work is to witness and live from the Fr Norris opus in fides which he wrote andwe want to be a witness to the grace received from the Sacraments. It is Jesus Christ, theteacher who is our soul help and learning to listen to the Word is our work. Without theefficacious grace given to the Holy Catholic Church most secular work is empty andmeaningless. This writing on human hearts is the only way to describe our ‘calling’ it is notknowledge of theology, or Piety but a mystery why we feel we have a ‘call’ to do this work.We do not know why we want this ‘work’, when it is easier to do something else and givesome excuse for not answering the call, but it is the definition of Catholic caritas that is thebasis of our life’s meaning.This ‘call’ will continue to be a lifelong process of discernment and without Sacramentalgrace, faith is as nothing. Blessed are we for having faith. Humility is a very important virtueand it opens our eyes and ears to hearing God’s word and learning do be alter christus.There are many methods to help alleviate poverty and our ministry is all about reconciliation-rehabilitation. We are unable to do much to stop poverty however by working on developingrelationships we can build a foundation that supports growth in faith.4‘The ‘we are church’ movement suffers from a clearly inadequate awareness of theChurch as a mystery of communion, especially in so far as they have not sufficientlyintegrated the concept of communion with the concepts of the ‘people of God’ and theBody of Christ and have not given due importance to the relationship between theChurch as communion and the Church as Sacrament.’We believe one of the effective means to developing faith is to improve communication bycatechesis in prayer. Fr John Kelly OSCO wrote a simply booklet on developingcontemplative prayer and this guide is what we want to use in our training. We do not aim tofeed or clothe people but teach that Jesus loves every one of us and calls us to a greater unitywith Him, through His Church. We cannot do this by claiming we are overly holy, pious orrighteous before God but we can say that we are sinners but there is always room for onemore in His Church.4Ibid 86. (Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on some ASPECTS OF THE Church as understood as Communion. Art 1.Page 10 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  11. 11. Our 4 aims are to:1. Restore the Relationship with God.2. Build up the Relationship with self.3. Share our Relationship with others in the Church.4. Look after the Relationship with the rest of creation.We do this by studying the Fr Norris diary, page by page, every day and praying. We woulddevelop our own personal faith and develop a relationship with Jesus and promote theteaching of the Church by being witnesses to His saving grace. This is a gospel/work ethicthat we would like to promote. An aim that welcomes people to ‘come as you are’ anddevelop in faith, primarily relying on efficacious and habitual grace and affective prayer,putting our hope and faith on the Holy Sacraments which transforms the person into animperfect alter christus. Everything is directed at the Eucharist and the Sacraments workingtogether at the right time and allowing the individual to participate in the ‘way,’ as used by StPaul, to develop their way to grow in the faith. “There is no act however trivial but has atrain of consequences as there is no hair so small as casts a shadow”. St. Bernard.Then the discovery of the ‘why’ begins and a supported environment providing interestingopportunities to think about these questions, a journey of self-discovery is left behind andgrace enters into the life to bring metanoia. The Magisterium is asking us to ‘launch into thedeep’ (Hamilton Diocese Pastoral plan.) and encouraging laypeople to take an active part inthe Church discipleship and there are many faith programs that do this, however our job is tostudy the Fr Norris ‘rule’ and help people grow in love for our Lord and His Church.The New Evangelization.16We must not ignore the fact that many, even generous Christians who are sensitiveto the dramatic questions involved in the problem of liberation, in their wish tocommit the Church to the liberation effort are frequently tempted to reduce hermission to the dimensions of a simply temporal project. They would reduce her aimsto a man-centered goal; the salvation of which she is the messenger would be reducedto material well-being. Her activity, forgetful of all spiritual and religiouspreoccupation, would become initiatives of the political or social order. But if thiswere so, the Church would lose her fundamental meaning.17Who are we looking for?4. The first disciples, who, perhaps still uncertain and doubtful, you begin to follow anew Rabbi , the Lord asks, "What do you seek? "( Jn 1:38). In this application we canread other radical questions: What does your heart? For what concerns you? Are youlooking for yourself or are you seeking the Lord your God? Are you pursuing yourdesires or the desire of the One who made your heart and wants to accomplish as heknows and understands? Are you running after only passing things or seeking the Onewho does not pass? "In this world of dissimilarity, what should we be concerned,Lord God?Page 11 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  12. 12. 5‘Here I am reminded of something Socrates said to Phaedo in there earlier conversations,many false philosophical opinions had been raised, and Socrates says: ‘It would be easilyunderstandable if someone became so annoyed at all these false notions that for the rest oftheir life he despised and mocked all talk about being- but in this way he would be deprivedof the Truth of existence and would suffer a great loss.’We have an obligation to Our Lord to ask the Magisterium if this is a call from God and thisleads us to ask for approval to work at establishing this apostolic work.It is with profound gratitude that we thank all those in the Magisterium that have taken ourpetition seriously.Non nobis Domine, non nobis sed nomin, tuo do gloriam. (To us no glory, Lord to us noglory,But glory to thy name.)Yours eternally in Christ;Mr. Mark & Mrs. Annette Baird5Ibid p.173.Page 12 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  13. 13. Committee Structure.The proposed initial committee structure is primarily spiritual because the work is Religiousand faith building and if our ‘rule’ is approved an action committee will be formed to workon day to day issues. In ministry work we would only work in the Church and have a ministrythat is under the direction of the Magisterium. We would like to develop our ‘rule’ andestablish an apostolic ministry that can serve the Church truthfully and faithfully.We must rely on the living spirit of Jesus Christ to head the work, so we can concentrate onprayerful development. Without being hasty in the judgments of others a person who is poor,uneducated or disabled is best suited to serve in vocational positions and does not have to bequalified in the traditional way and judging by different standards is important when a personis living with a disability. A committee member does not have do have any specialqualifications or abilities and can just do their best to serve in whatever manner the abilitiesand talents interest them.Development of the structure and day to day duties must be democratic and open to free willbut Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, Canon Law, Catechesis, Moral theology and teachingfrom the Sermon on the Mount must be a big part of the rule and that is the work of everyperson in the committee.Financials for the first year.Mr. Mark & Mrs. Annette Baird are both on the Invalid Benefit (C.V.) and for over 25 years’experience real conditions of poverty and receive a weekly benefit and can work up to 15hours a week each in New Zealand. We have accumulated many skills over the years but thismeans very little the main consideration is faith! I was at the Good Shepherd Collegestudying Theology when I was commissioned by Mahitahi. I then went to Kiunga, PapuaNew Guinea both of these events changed my faith. I returned to Auckland where I met mywife Annette and we were married at St Michael’s Church in Rotorua in 2010. Using the FrNorris opus has remained the major objective in my life.For the first 6 months of discernment we want only to sit and pray. It is important thatevangelical poverty always remain the virtue that is seen in the public ministry and it wouldbe advantageous if we trust in the providence of God to supply our needs for the first 6months. After the first six months of obscurity and quiet reflection. We would like theDiocese to handle finances and any donations are directly paid in to a trust account andmonthly budgets are submitted to the finance manager of the Diocesan Centre. Howeverthe very act of being in the employment of the Church requires a minimal amount of materialsupport and paper work which we hope to leave up to Magisterium and the Financecommittee and Combined Parish Councils.Footnotes: 1 Timothy 5:18 Deut. 25:4 1 Timothy 5:18 Luke 10:7Page 13 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
  14. 14. Starting in year…….per annum expenses ….Communications- Computers $5860Transport-11 seater people carrierPetrol/car maintenance $3580Building rental $ UnknownBuilding maintenance. $ UnknownAssisted equipment- lifting disabilities. $ UnknownFood-daily meals $ UnknownOffice furniture $650Tea/Coffee hospitality etc. $1480 MINIMUMPower $1820Total $ UnknownAt this early stage we are not expecting much and discerning God’s will but we are verygrateful for the support and attitude of Bishop Denis and the all our Priests.We feel that the faith is promoted by active ministries and even if it is a small thing that wedo, it may have far reaching consequences for the benefit of the Church. Re: ‘Empty hands’Fr Norris interview.6From this basic condition flow certain consequences on the practical level and in thebehaviour among the staff of the Holy See — "the spirit of thrift," "a readiness always to takeaccount of the real but limited financial possibilities of the Holy See and their source," "aprofound trust in Providence." And, over and beyond all these qualities, "those who work forthe Holy See must therefore have the profound conviction that their work above all entails anecclesial responsibility to live in a spirit of authentic faith, and that the juridical-administrative aspects of their relationship with the Apostolic See stand in a particular light."4. The remuneration owed to the clerical and lay staff at the Holy See, according to theirpersonal conditions of life, is regulated by the major principles of the social teachings of theChurch, which have been made quite clear by the magisterium of the Popes from the time ofthe publication of Leo XIII’s Encyclical Letter Rerum novarum up to John Paul II’sEncyclicals Laborem exercens and Sollicitudo rei socialis.We remain conscious of the continuing journey under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.6APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION PASTOR BONUS JOHN PAUL, Bishop servant of the servants of God foran everlasting memorial.Page 14 of 16 Created on 4/22/2013 8:56:00 a4/p4
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  16. 16. 1References.Additional documentation:Opus in fides ‘rule’Opus in fides spiritual opus of Fr Norris.‘I observed that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, aperson, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction … Since God has first loved us (cf. 1 Jn 4:10), love isnow no longer a mere ‘command’; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to us” Message of hisholiness Benedict XVI for lent (2013).2Ibid 663TOWARD A PASTORAL APPROACH TO CULTURE. Pontifical Council for Culture. Electronic Copyright © 1999 EWTN. All RightsReserved. Retrieved 15 May 2013. Rowland. ‘Ratzinger’s Faith. The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI.’ Oxford Uni press (2008) p 52.6Ioannes Paulus PP. II. Veritatis splendor.7PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR PROMOTING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION ADDRESS OF THE HOLYFATHER BENEDICT XVI . New Synod Hall. Saturday, 15 October 2011. Retrieved 5/5/2013 from: of Catholic Theology. Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. St IgnatiusPress. San9Principles of Catholic Theology. Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. St IgnatiusPress. San Francisco (1989) Imitation of Christ I 1.3.10Ibid 30311Benedict XVI ordinary general assembly the new evangelization for the transmission of the Christian faith.Instrumentum laboris vatican city (2012)12 of Catholic Theology. Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. St IgnatiusPress. San Francisco. (1989). p12314APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS, POPE PAUL VION NOVEMBER 18, 196515Tracy Rowland. ‘Ratzingers Faith. The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI.’ Oxford Uni press (2008) p2516Evangelii nuntiandi apostolic exhortation of his holiness Pope Paul vi17Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life. and societies of apostolic life service of authority and obedience. Downloaded 8 May 2013