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participants, you can feel free to repeat quotes. Also, if you are handing out slips of paper aspeople arrive and do not know the exact numberof participants who will attend your session, youcan avoid having some participants end up withpartial quotes by doing the following: make aconservative estimate of the number of participants you expect and cut up quotes for
only that number of people. Have a “back
batch of additional slips of paper to hand out onlyafter the initial batch is depleted. Hand out theback-up slips for only a few quotes at a time inorder to prevent some participants from endingup with partial quotes.When a group of participants believes it hascompleted a quote, check to make sure the quoteis correct. (You may want to have pages 8-9 or10-12 handy so you can easily check the quotes.)If the quote is correct, provide scotch tape andask the participants to tape the quote pieces back together. Ask the groups with the quotes that willbe read in the opening prayer (found on pages13-14) to select one person to read the quote atthe appropriate time during the opening prayer.
III. Opening Prayer (8 minutes)
Explain that we will begin reflecting on the topicof Putting Love in Action using some of thequotes we have pieced together in theicebreaker. Pass out the opening prayerhandouts, which can be found on pages 13-14.Instruct the readers to read the quotes in a loud,clear, slow voice at the appropriate time duringthe prayer.Invite everyone to place herself or himself in thepresence of God and then begin the prayer.
IV. Brainstorm Activity (5 minutes)
To help participants begin thinking about the callof our faith to put love in action, ask them tobrainstorm issues that face poor or vulnerablepersons in their community, or in the world,which they are concerned about (e.g. poverty,abortion, homelessness, discrimination, war,etc.). State that this is
the time forparticipants to debate their positions on variousissues, or to defend their views. Instead,participants should simply mention things theyare personally concerned about. As ideas areoffered, write each response on the dry eraseboard, flipchart, or chalkboard. Explain that wewill return to these responses later.Explain that as people of faith, we are called tobe concerned about issues that affect poor,vulnerable, and marginalized persons. Thequotes we heard from Scripture and Churchteaching are evidence of this. Say that in
today’s session, we will explore t
wo ways of putting love in action that are distinct from oneanother, but
V. Introduction to the Two Feet of Love in Action (15 minutes)
Hand out the copies of pages 15-18. Point outthat Pope Francis teaches:
“A prayer that
doesnot lead you to practical action for yourbrother
the poor, the sick, those in need of help, a brother in difficulty
is a sterile and
incomplete prayer” (Angelus, 7/21/13).
Explain to participants as they view thehandouts that there are two different, butcomplimentary, ways that we can act in
response to God’s love. We call these the “TwoFeet of Love in Action.” These two feet, “SocialJustice” and “Charitable Works,” allow us to
walk the path of
, or love.
“Foot” # 1: Social Justice
the first “foot”
. Pope Benedict XVI calls this the
“primary way of charity,” or love.
We step with this foot when we work to addressthe
of problems facing ourcommunities by advocating for just publicpolicies and helping to change the socialstructures that contribute to suffering andinjustice at home and around the world. Wewalk with the Social Justice foot when we work to foster peace and justice and work for long-term change in local and global communities.We also step with this foot when we supportthe efforts of low-income persons to transformtheir communities.