“How do we integrate our spirituality and Faith?” is the title of one of the many workshops offered at the CAFOD Essentials Day on 9th September 2017 in Romero House, London. This article is to give you an insight of the workshop. During the next few weeks, we will post more blogs introducing the different workshops we have to offer.
Our spirituality is important because it allows us to connect to and reflect on our God. When our spirituality is integral, our relationship with God deeply and profoundly affects our relationships with ourselves, others and with creation. It is not segregated, as none of these relationships are cut off from one another.
During the workshop we will discuss, reflect upon and try to understand how we can live out the message of Pope Francis. If we were to review our past actions over the last 24 hours, would our faith really be evident by the way we live? Rational facts and doctrine alone will not help us to live out “our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork” (LS #222). It is both education and spirituality which will inspire us, motivate us and make us feel passionate about this issue. Our spirituality will enable us to see God in all things (LS#223).
In Laudato Si’ we are instructed to live a life which is both contemplative and prophetic (LS #222). We can do this by following 6 steps;
First, we must integrate our spirituality and our faith. Pope Francis advocates that in order to face the enormous crisis that humanity has created, we need to go back to our roots. The teachings of the Gospel all have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living. Therefore, we need to be open to an ‘ecological conversion’ whereby “the effect of our encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in our relationship with the world around us” (LS #217).
Following this, we also need to be present against rapidification as “love can be connected or disconnected at the whim of the consumer” (AL #39). Every day we need to cultivate our daily virtues. We not only appreciate and acknowledge others, but also “come up with new ways” to do so. We must also live mercifully, “to proclaim the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” (AL #309).
In the words of Pope Francis, love is “Overflowing with small gestures of mutual care… it makes itself felt in every action hat seeks to build a better world”. By following these words, we are also acknowledging our interconnectedness which is equally as important in having an integral spirituality.
Finally, we should celebrate our faith and engage in fasting. We need to remember Sunday, the Sabbath rooted in the creation story found in Genesis. Sunday should be a day of rest and a day when we receive the Eucharist, which, ideally, “sheds its light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor” (LS# 237).
We need to ask ourselves how we can live out this message more fully both as individuals and as a community. How we can live out and encourage others to live it out this message?
Find out more at our workshop on CAFOD Essentials Day . The event will take place on Saturday 9th September at Romero House between 9:30am and 3:15pm. Join us for workshops, reflections and a bring and share lunch. You can also find out how to get involved with CAFOD, whether it is through your parish, school or social media. We will also be holding a Harvest Fast Day briefing about this year’s appeal in El Salvador.