Serving as a Disciple

Ways of Doing

Name and Affirm goodness wherever it is found.

Process for Engagement

One of the common features of programs that are able to best Integrate Faith and Life was their capacity to name and affirm the movement of God in the everyday lives of their participants.

This approach of looking for the “goodness”, God present in people and their circumstances, lead to programs being a positive statement about God’s work in the world.

In this spirit of affirmation a common ground is forged paving the way to dialogue and opening the eyes and hearts of people to greater possibilities for them in their relationship with God and the faith community.

During the consultation this approach was exemplified in the marriage preparation programs offered to couples preparing for marriage.

Couples attending these programs come from a variety of levels of engagement in their lives of faith. In these programs facilitators look for “goodness” where it is found – in the people participating in their programs, in the love between the couples, in their choice to marry.

During the program couples are also asked to reflect on moments throughout the everyday circumstances of their lives where they may have been aware of God present. This is the entry point for discussion between the couple of their spirituality and their hopes for the role of faith in their relationship.

Couples are affirmed for their goodness in many ways – in the way that they are welcomed, in personal interactions, and in the responses given to their questions and requests.

Couples are also affirmed by the quality of the venue, the careful preparation and professional presentations delivered and in the hospitality offered.

All of these details ensure that couples coming to the program know that they are valued and supported by the church community, that they are important.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gen 1:31)

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 Jn 3:1)

The world thus becomes the place and the means for the lay faithful to fulfil their Christian vocation, because the world itself is destined to glorify God the Father in Christ. (Christifideles Laici, n15)

Humanity is loved by God! This very simple yet profound proclamation is owed to humanity by the church. Each Christian’s words and life must make this proclamation resound: God loves you, Christ came for you, Christ is for you “the way the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6) (Christifideles Laici, n34)

Thus far from thinking that works produced by mans own talent and energy are in opposition to God’s power, and that the rational creature exists as a kind of rival to the creator, Christians are convinced that the triumphs of the human race are a sign of God’s grace and the flowering of His own mysterious design (Gaudium et Spes, n34)

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