Formation for consecrated life is formation for the whole person, to prepare them to live as a spouse of Christ on earth and a mother of souls. Forming the whole person includes spiritual, intellectual, and affective components. For example, I am taking a Faith Foundations class through the School of Faith (it's free and available to you, too!) for intellectual formation right now. For affective and spiritual formation, I am following a rule of life and meeting with local focolarine weekly. Each week, we review and share on practical applications of topics like:
- God loves me immensely (where? when last week? even when you were suffering? how do you know? do you trust Him?)
- doing God's will in the present moment (even in the car? are you patient in the present moment? do you stay there with Him?)
- loving like God: first, unconditionally, with a smile (this is how you spend the whole day with Him! If only I knew anything about it....)
- the Word of God lived out in life (we're on this now and I'm totally confused)
Formation has been challenging but amazing. I am shocked at the changes I see in myself just in the past 12 weeks. The most important part has been having spiritual mothers to set an example of unconditional love. God is radiantly generous!