Ongoing Formation Session 2

Knowledge

Opening prayer: We ask you, Lord Jesus, to help us be people you fill with your knowledge. Let us follow the words from Isaiah 11:2, “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

Leader: The four topics for our formation sessions in the coming year are built from Father Larry Hostetter’s talk on Caritas during Associates and Sisters Day 2022. Our second session is on Knowledge.

Father Larry said Caritas – the Latin word for “love” – asks us three questions. The first is, “Who am I, as a loved person, who is someone called to love?” The second is, “As a person who is loved, what should I know as a person called to love?”

First Reader: Sometimes we may think that knowledge has little to do with faith. But the miracles that Jesus performed were ways he could quickly show people that he was sent by God. In the Gospel of Luke, there are stories of the Centurion whose servant is healed by Jesus, and of Jairus, the synagogue official, whose daughter was saved from death. Both these men grew in their faith after they received firsthand knowledge of the power of Jesus.

Second Reader: “Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God.”

Colossians 1:9-10

Leader: Consider these questions and share with others in your group:

  • What is an example in your life when you gained some knowledge that deepened your faith?
  • When you take time to talk with Jesus, what is one question you have?

Third Reader: Saint Angela appointed Lady-Governors to lead her community. In her Testament bequeathed to them, she spoke of what an honor this role was from God, and that God would give them the knowledge they need to lead.

Fourth Reader: “Oh, how much you have to thank him for this, and at the same time to pray to him, that as he has deigned to place you at the head of so noble a flock. So, he would deign also to give you such knowledge and capacity that you may be able to do work worthy of praise in his sight, and to put all your zeal and strength into carrying out your duty.”

Saint Angela Merici

Leader: Consider these questions and share with others in your group:

  • Can you share an example of when you found yourself thrust into a position you felt unprepared for, only to find solace that God would show you the way?
  • What knowledge can you share with others to help them grow in their faith?

Fifth Reader: Learning what the struggles are for each person you meet is a way to help them deepen their faith, rather than allow them to sink into despair. This takes time and a willingness to listen.

Sixth Reader: “Life breaks everyone. Afterwards, some are made stronger in the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

Seventh Reader: “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

Rumi

Leader: Father Larry said the three-legged stool of Caritas reflected the last three popes. Pope Benedict understood theology. He believed that a knowledge of our faith helps us grow spiritually and allows us to love others more freely.

Consider these questions and share with others in your group:

  • Can you recall a time when learning about someone else’s struggle allowed you to show this person how much God loves him or her? How did that make you feel?
  • Listening and being willing to offer caritas to all those you meet takes great faith. What steps can you take to become a person committed to loving others?

Closing prayer: In the Gospel of John, we are told “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Let us pray, Lord Jesus, to be people who seek the truth and live our lives in that truth.