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Spiritual Development Oral Report to 2017 Provincial Convention – Agnes Geiger

 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37–40)

As Sandi Digras, Victoria Diocesan Communications Chair wrote in a recent blog, Bishop Gary Gordon challenged all CWL members at the closing Mass of the 89th Victoria Diocesan Convention to “become shepherds” and “take God’s work outside church.” He suggested this work should take the form of ministering to the “frail, elderly and lonely in our parish families,” and went on to encourage us to make sure at least “75% of our members enroll in the Pastoral Care Outreach training programs conducted by the Diocese.”

In order to meet that challenge, we must do some deep soul-searching at our parishes and Councils and ask ourselves the following questions:  

Does our parish CWL have a home visiting/ outreach team?

Does our parish CWL have a nursing home/hospital palliative team that reaches out to those dying and alone, to offer comfort and accompaniment?

Do we have a CWL team who will drive those who want to be included in the social aspects of the CWL and/or parish functions, but are no longer able to drive themselves?

Does our parish CWL have “Prayer Partners”, so each member is remembered in prayer?

If we are to be the eyes, hands, and feet of Jesus on earth, we must examine what he wants us to do. New CWL members are necessary but we need to minister to the members we already have.

God has given each of us unique talents and gifts to use in His service. His work for us on earth is to use our gifts and talents in the service of others! Each of us has something to offer to someone in need. It would seem that the more we give to others, the poorer we become, but just the opposite is true! Service to others brings meaning and fulfillment to our lives in a way that wealth, power, possessions and self-centered pursuits can never match. As Jesus said, “give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)

This concludes my report