LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BECOME THE MESSAGE AND THE MESSENGER
This theme has been divided into three sub-headings: ‘ I am the Light of the World’ ( Jn. 8: 12) ‘ You are the Light of the World’ ( Mt. 5:14) ‘ Let your Light Shine’ ( Mt. 5: 16)
“ LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER” Mt.5:16 Why do we need to shine? Why are we not shining? –Challenges to shine How can we shine before others in our times?
DIALOGUE FOR ACTION / DIALOGUE OF COLLABORATION It calls every Christian to work together with each and all for goals of humanitarian, social, economic or political nature which are directed towards the liberation and advancement of humankind. Can we as Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo truly engage in a “Dialogue of Life” which can provide us with the necessary stimuli to rethink strategies, to redefine our priorities and recreate positive action in the face of fundamentalism and fascist forces that have gripped our society?
One does not seek to prove superiority of one’s own faith to convince the others.
The attitude one adopts here is not one of prejudice, intolerance or abandonment of principles but of genuine witness.
One does not even seek to necessarily to come to an agreement on doctrinal matters.
It cannot be carried out by everyone or anyone.
It presupposes a through grounding in one’s own faith combined with openness to what others believe.
“ The dialogue of Spirituality is an essential and crowning form of dialogue.” it is in sharing one’s deepest spiritual experiences that one comes closest to others and realizes the deep oneness in the Divine Spirit.
Develop a curriculum to teach basics of all religions to all our students in our high schools, nursing schools and colleges. Make them acquainted with the elevating prayers of different religions and with the lives of the great sages and saints of religious traditions.
In the neighborhood communities encourage the common celebration of religious festivals, shared study of the Scriptures and spiritual classics of local religions and inter-religious prayer sessions on auspicious occasions.
Organise inter-religious satsangs where spiritual experiences are shared in small groups in an explorative way. Open minded sages of different religions could be invited to share their perceptions and insights.
LOVE, SERVICE AND FORGIVENESS ARE THE KEYSTONES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE!!!