Our sister company Twenty-Third Publications has published a booklet called The Art of Accompaniment, which talks about how parishes are called to journey with their parishioners through their lives of faith.
Creative Communications offers products that help with this endeavor. Shepherd Guides cards are for use by the parish to send at milestones and church year holidays to those who were married in the church, who had a child baptized and who buried a loved one within the last year. (See links below.)
Creative also offers a journal for godparents to give to their godchildren to encourage them in their faith at their confirmation:
There are many ways beyond these publications, of course, to accompany fellow members of God’s family on their faith journey. I know that I personally have been on the receiving end of some uplifting faith-filled texts or emails from church friends who knew I was having a hard week. Those little gestures go a long way to help people stay strong and keep growing in their faith.
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Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:15-16
During my recent hospitalization, I learned the supreme value of have a support system. My family and faraway friends called regularly and sent cards and emails, friends from church took me home after my discharge, my neighbor took me to the ER, friends from work provided food, sent a card and set up a cleaning service to come and disinfect my home before my return, and several friends came to visit me in my hospital room.
One friend who came to visit me in the hospital brought the balloon you see pictured here and placed them by my window. She had to stand at a distance and could not touch anything because I was contagious. But she risked it to bring me some joy.
It was this bright and cheerful balloon swaying by the window with the message “Get Well” that got me through many a rough night there and reminded me that I had a support system of friends and family praying for me and thinking of me. I could feel their love and am grateful for their thoughtfulness more than they can ever know.
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