The seminar gave me new insights and challenges about formation. I was reminded that mission is God sharing the gift of his Spirit, his very self; we are privileged to participate in God’s mission. As a mission on earth, I am called to bring light, blessing, life, healing and liberation. The new paradigm for mission, Missio Dei, challenges me to grow in contemplation, dialogue, humility, collaboration, and joy.
Fr. Len Kofler, the Director of the Institute of St. Anselm, Rome, emphasized a focus on both the content and the processes in accompanying the sisters’ bio-psycho-spiritual journey on a deep level. To do this, “Care-fronting” is necessary for dealing with human emotions, sexuality, values, wounds, beliefs and needs in community. A better “hygiene” of heart (a pure heart) is critical in recognizing the dignity of every human being, to have meaningful relationships. If my heart and gazes are tainted with prejudice, the mission of God will be undermined.
Jesus formed his disciples within the context of his students. He accompanied them in humility, love, and a willingness to be surprised. In forming people, we have to take into account the different contexts of formation while integrating both the “doing” and “being” especially because witnesses and experiences are better than theories (Evangelii Nuntiandi). Separating work from our private lives might not give a credible witness but produce a disjointed life. Any ministry can be fulfilling if we nurture a deep relationship with God, be open to grow and surrender “Less” for the sake of “More.”