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The Heart of the Matter

Social ministry is not a government social service program at prayer. Social ministry is a spiritual discipline, an essential task of the church, an expression of our faith and our love of God. It is discipleship.

Outline for Today

Part I: Foundation of Social Ministry
Worship of a Loving God Blest and Brokenness Following Christ and the Church to Seek Union with God and One Another

Outline for Today

Part II: Forming of Ministers
Cultivating Individual and Communal Spiritual Growth and Wholeness Facilitating the Formation of Conscience

Part I: Foundation of Social Ministry

Worship a Loving God The parish engages in passionate worship, steeped in joy and gratitude, for a loving and present God who is constantly showering gifts and love upon His children.

Romans 8: 38-39
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the

Jn 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

Zephaniah 3: 17
The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, Who will sing joyfully because of you

1 Peter 5: 6-7

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

Jeremiah 29: 11-12

For I know well the plans I have in mind for youoracle of the Lord plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.

Lk 12: 22 -24

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God


This is my body, which will be given for you

John 13: 34-35

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one

We Love Because We are Loved

1 Jn 4: 7,12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows GodBeloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought Deus Caritas Est #1 Since God has first love us (cf 1 Jn 4:10), love is now no longer a mere command; it is the response to the gift of love with which God draws near to usI wish my first encyclical to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others.

Blest and Broken

The parish lovingly accepts the blessedness and brokenness of all humans and our world, and believes that with Gods grace things can be made more

The Human Person: Created in the Image of God

Genesis 1: 27 God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

The Human Person: Sinful and Redeemable

When he saw their faith, he said, As for you, your sins are forgiven.

The Cadre Report

These insights may cause us to place less emphasis on the Augustinian There but for the grace of God go I to a more accurate, less well known, yet equally traditional in Christian asceticism There go I.

I teach her to read. She teaches me how she survived a refugee camp.

Led by Jesus and Church

The parish is led by the Word of God, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and the teaching and living witness of the Church to seek union with God and the manifestation

Deus Caritas Est 25

The Churchs deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygmamartyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia), and exercising the ministry

Pope Pius Arrest

Part II: Keeping Ministry Grounded in Faith

The parish facilitates the formation of conscience of its parishioners. The parish cultivates individual and communal spiritual growth and development.

Forming Our Conscience

Conscience is not something that allows us to justify doing whatever we want, nor is it a mere "feeling" about what we should or should not do. Rather, conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is evil. Forming Consciences for Faithful

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

These principles, the expression of the whole truth about man known by reason and faith, are born of the encounter of the Gospel message and of its demands summarized in the supreme commandment of love of God and neighbor in justice with the problems that emanating from the life of society.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person 2. Family, Community and Participation 3. Rights and Responsibilities 4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable 5. Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers 6. Solidarity 7. Care of Gods Creation

A Quest for Truth and Transformation

The Pastoral Circle Frans Wijsen, Peter Henriot and Rodrigo Mejia What is happening here? Why is it happening? How do I evaluate it? How do I respond?

The Pastoral Circle: A Quest for Truth and Transformation

Planning, Acting, & Evaluating

Awareness of What Is Going On

Discerning Meaning & Seeking Insight

Determining Causes & Underlying Factors

Israelites in Egypt
1. What is going on? Exodus 1: 1-14 1. Why is it happening?

Israelites in Egypt
3. How do we evaluate it? I am concerned about you and about the way you are being treated in Egypt; so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey.

Israelites in Egypt
4. How do we respond?
If you live in accordance with my precepts and are careful to observe my commandmentsI will set my dwelling among you, and will not disdain you. Ever present in your midst, I will be your God, and you will be my people, for it is I the Lord, who brought you out of the land of the Egyptians and freed your from their slavery, breaking the yoke they had laid upon you and letting your walk erect. (Lev

Suggestions for Use

Small faith sharing group Pastoral council Social justice committee Intentional displacement opportunities

Our hearts are restless Spirituality: - Keeps you together - Gives you the drive and energy to be better Spirituality is what we do with the fire inside of us

Essentials of Christian Spirituality

1. 2. 3. 4. Private prayer and morality Social justice Mellowness of heart and spirit Community

Suggestions from Henri Neuwen