An Appreciative Paradigm
Fr. James Kannanthanam cmf
What we find depends on what we look for. Is that not commonsense understanding? Two things are, then, very important. One thing is our mindset. Do we have mindset which is attuned to the good that is around us? It is proverbial that a pessimist finds the half empty glass and an optimist half full looking at the same reality. Pessimists expect the worst and see the worst in all things. The optimist’s mindset helps him to perceive the good things happening in a situation. The pessimist is attuned to pick up the negatives! As formators do we have an ‘appreciative-eye’ to look for the good things already there in the formees?
Have you ever been at a loss regarding the enormity of information you need to organize in brain when you prepare for an examination, paper presentation, quiz program, memory test etc? If the answer is yes, then probably you are underutilizing the amazing skills of your brain that could easily handle and organize huge amounts of information and data. The key lies in training your brain in simple ordering skills. It is possible to train our brain to organize information in different ways. One of the ways in which we can organise information in our brain and retain it for a longer duration is by doing concept mapping.
It may sound very simple but it does work wonders. You are in fact assisting your brain to organize information in a systematic manner.
THE ON-GOING FORMATION OF THE PERPETUALLY PROFESSED
(From the directives on formation in Religious Institutes, Congregation for Institutes of consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, 1990, no. 66-71)
66. “Throughout their entire life religious are to continue carefully their own spiritual, doctrinal, and practical formation, and superiors are to provide them with the resources and time to do this.” “Each religious institute therefore has the task of planning and realizing a program of permanent formation suitable for all its members. It should be a program which is not simply directed to the formation of the intellect, but also to that of the whole person, primarily in its spiritual mission, so that every religious can live his or her own consecration to God in all its fullness, and in keeping with the specific mission which the Church has confided to them.”
MAKING A CLARETIAN PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
-Paulson V Veliyannoor, CMF
(You will understand this section better if you first go the “Making a community mission statement”. This part is the continuation of the community mission statement, though you can also work with this separately)
We now proceed to drafting the Personal Mission Statement (PMS) and Hierarchy of Core Values (HCV) for each of us as Claretians. For the general structure and methodology of drafting the PMS, I am adapting the structure followed by Laurie Beth Jones in her book, “The Path”. However, the steps are revised, enriched and adapted to suit the Claretian personnel.
MISSION STATEMENT AND CORE VALUES FOR CLARETIAN COMMUNITIES AND PERSONNEL
- GOAL STATEMENT
The Goals of this Workshop are:
- Help the Claretian Communities to generate their own Mission Statements.
- Help individual Claretians to prepare Personal Mission Statements and Hierarchy of Core Values. (more…)
-Joan Sidera Plana Cmf
Fàbregas Coma, Domingo. Orís (Barcelona), 9.VII.1917 – Solsona (Barcelona), 27.X.1895. Cofundador de la Congregación de Misioneros Hijos del Corazón de María o Misioneros Claretianos.