The new Directory came into effect on 24th Ocotber, 2011. Some formators are not aware of the changes and additions in the new directory on formation. The numbers releted formation with changes are presented here. The changes are shown in red colour.
Chapter IX: THOSE CALLED TO OUR MISSIONARY LIFE
Year of Consecrated life-2015
What is “new and special” and “particular” about your consecration life?
In this module we shall look into the repeated assertions in the documents of the Church that ours is a “new”, “special” and “particular” consecration founded on the baptismal consecration. Do you experience this “newness” and “specialness” about your consecrated life? In this year of consecrated life, you are invited to embrace your consecration with its lasting “newness” and uniqueness. You may need a reflective reading accompanied by prayer to make sense of this module.
Year of Consecrated Life-2015
Do you value your Consecrated life as a Gift of God given to the Church?
Every human venture is ultimately in the pursuit of happiness. As a joyful religious once remarked, “If the world knows what truly awaits in consecrated life, there would be crowds knocking at its door”. Myriads of saintly men and women and experienced consecrated persons testify that theirs is one of the most fulfilling forms of life. But it calls for breaking open the transcendent horizon of life. Paradoxically we also come across examples of unhappy religious who wobble like eagles with cropped wings. Pope Francis has pointed out the contradiction of a religious with a vinegary face (Italian aceto-vinegar) or sisters living as unhappy spinsters rather than joyful mothers. One can be a miserable religious when he/she lives it at a lower mindset and with mundane values. The actual struggle of many religious is about digging deep to find the hidden treasure in the field which one has bought after selling all that he/she had (Mt. 13.44). How can a religious retrieve the true joy of being a consecrated person?
Often many of our sufferings are the pain of ego-hurts and as such they are a deep cry for growth and transcendence. If negotiated well, we “fall upward” to the level of “true self” or else we fall down deep into “victim” state, depression, bitterness and resort to many immature behaviors. It is indeed a tragedy to live and die without realizing one’s unique self and the unique mission on earth. Even religious men and women, after making bold options to live consecrated life of poverty, chastity and obedience, may live their lives trapped in their “ego” and make decisions dictated by their ego needs. Vocationally congruent decisions are possible only at a level beyond “ego”. It is through spiritual awakening that we come to our “True self” and appreciate our uniqueness as persons and the unique mission we have in the world. One of the important moments of this awakening is to awaken to ones true “self”, an identity beyond the “ego” level of understanding oneself.
Authentic Formation process:
Journey into higher levels of consciousness
Among the many training programs to prepare helping professionals, the training of clergy and religious in the Catholic church is perhaps the longest in duration. A young man who joins the seminary takes about ten years or more to finish his initial formation. The longer duration in training is often justified by pointing to the differences of the objective of training. Professional training in other professions train skills and offer information required to give the respective service to the society while priestly ministry and religious life requires the very transformation of the person whose very life mediates his service in the world much more than the skills he learns. Does such a transformation take place in the seminarians by the type of training offered in the seminaries?
Who are my people to whom I am sent?
A formator’s Quest
As we grow in our vocational life, we will certainly experience the joy of the Gospel which fills our hearts as the fruit of God’s intimacy with us in Christ. It is the experience that makes our missionary life meaningful and exciting even amidst a hostile environment. The litmus test of true experience of God is our closeness to people’s lives and it itself is a source of greater joy (Evangelium Gaudium, 268). Passion for Jesus and passion for his people are two sides of the same coin. Jesus takes us from the midst of the people and he sends us to his people (ibid).