CALLED TO COMMUNITY: Becoming Fully Human & Spiritually Alive as Members of One Another
June 24 @ 3:00 pm - June 28 @ 10:00 am
The early Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 2: 42-47) prayed and shared all things in common. St. Benedict proposed that those monks who live a community life are the strongest kind of monks, because growth in love must be concrete: involving mutual encouragement, inspiration, obedience to higher shared values, correctives to ego-centeredness, and constant reminders of the need for a God-centered way of life. No one is an island unto themselves. Belonging to others and sharing life with others is the normal path of human maturity, wisdom, and flourishing. While the nuclear family is the foundation of community living, there are many other modes and experiences of ‘life together’ that become intentional life choices. This workshop will explore ways that each of us can become ‘members of one another’ by developing relations of trust, modes of belonging, tending the individual good while building a togetherness that is truly an image of Trinitarian love even in our broken and imperfect world.
Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Norvene Vest, Obl.OSB