A nominal disciple is “in name only”—and it is easy to notice areas of our lives in which we nominally follow someone or a particular program. A person might nominally be a member of Weight Watchers, but there might not be much evidence of commitment.
An intentional disciple may have some level of commitment, but distractions and a lukewarm spirit may surface. “Oh, yes, officer, I intended to keep to the speed limit.” This comment will not prevent the ever-dreaded speeding ticket.
The radical disciple is a person who is “all in.” To be “radical” is to be unwavering, far-reaching or deeply-rooted. The origin of “radical” is the idea of proceeding from a root. In the letter to the Colossians, St. Paul encourages the early Christians with these words: “Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. (Col. 2:6-7)
The mission statement of the Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame indicates that the Associates feel “impelled to radical discipleship.” Now this word radical can sometimes be a stumbling block until it is explored in its spiritual sense. A believer who is radical is truly more than nominal, more than intentional.
The SND Associates are “all in.” During the year of formation, the Associate Candidates study the SND prayer life, spirit and mission. They also explore the deeper/counter-cultural meaning and application of the Eight Beatitudes, the Works of Mercy, and life as a radical disciple.
On Saturday, June 4, four new SND Associates made a covenant to share in the mission of Jesus Christ through the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame. We welcome Mary Anne Furlong, Tam and Greg Lontok and Patrice Theard. Sharing in the charism or spiritual life-blood of the Sisters of Notre Dame, they have been inspired to bring God’s transforming grace into their families, communities, parishes and workplaces.
For further information about the SND Associate program, feel free to contact Sr. Lisa Megaffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.