Apostolic dimension of formation

apostolateWe have marked out this section of apostolic (patoral) dimension of formation in order to give attention to the different aspects of pastoral formation.Our intimacy with Jesus and commitment to his project of the Kingdom deeply transforms our life and mission. Our encounter with the risen Lord necessarily affects the community and the society in which we live. Our mission flows from our charism.

Apostolic formation is a necessary flow outward from the inner conversion experienced by the person to effect transformation of the community and the world. In this sense pastoral formation is not just acquisition of ministerial skills, though they are part of it. Apostolic formation is about moving beyond self-transformation to bring about the reign of God in one’s community and the world.

Apotolic formation involves what Len Sperry calls “socio-political transformation”.

“Religious, affective, intellectual, and moral transforma­tion are considered types of “personal” transformation, which is insufficient for authentic transformation. Au­thentic transformation requires that a person move and grow beyond personal transformation to socio-political transforma­tion. This form of transformation de-privatizes personal transformation by confronting the individual with the world, that is the corporations, institutions, and vested interest groups that promote other value systems. Beyond personal moral principles, socio-political conversion generates its own moral principles. These include the “right of all persons to share in the good things of life, and the principles of legal, distributive and commutative justice.” –Len Sperry

1. Virtues to be cultivated:

     justice: Ensures treating others equally and fairly, as well as about recognizing unfairness and inequality in the world around us.

     Fortitude: Ensures firmness in difficulties, i.e., facing fears, trials, sacrificing for a just cause, and constancy in the pursuit of the good, readiness to be present in difficult missions.

    Altruism: Expressing spirit in service: commitment to the poor, attention to the weak, readiness to involved in volunteer activities.

    Order (organization, punctuality)

    Patience (tolerance, understanding).

2. Spiritual Practices:

    Reading the signs of the times;

    Voluntary services

    commitment to JPIC

    caring for creation and the surroundings

    ministry to the marginalized within the reach

3. Self capacities:

    Social consciousness

    conflict management

    leadership

    social analysis

    awareness of the world views of others

    assertiveness

    spirit of interconnectedness

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