Ateneo Christian Life Community (ACLC)
prides itself in its formation of members.However, despite the richness of ACLC’s formation resources gathered from its long his-tory and traditions, and from the Ateneo de Manila University, the Society of Jesus, andthe Christian Life Community of the Philippines, there has been no effort to consolidatethese materials into a single and structured document that can aid the Leadership Com-munity and the formators (unit guides and moderators) of the ACLC in the formation ofits members. From this and in an effort to aid the growth of the members to become thebest persons and Christians they can possibly become,
EXPERIENCING GOD’S LOVE
took shape and has now become a compilation of all formation resources of ACLC and an
ofcial formation guidelines of the organization.
Being a manual of formation guidelines, this document is intended for the team of indi-viduals responsible for the formation of ACLCers. In this case, this is for the formatorsof ACLC. The formators comprise of the moderators (both Jesuit and lay), prayer guides,area representatives, unit representatives and leadership community coordinators. For-mators may also take the form of spiritual directors and ecclesiastical assistants.
Although this document seems new to the organization, its contents are not. This docu
-ment simply outlines the formation program that the ACLCers are going through, illus-trating its different aspects and stages of its process of development. This document de-scribes the different aspects of formation and how they are integrated. Also, this breaksdown the stages of formation from its general characteristics, to its goals and objectivesand to its content and suggested strategies. This covers the whole ensemble of ACLC’speriod of formation. Thus, it will need supplementary documents and resources.In using this manual, we must understand that formation in the ACLC is an active growthprocess and it will need an interplay of the different factors affecting the individual. Thus,this manual is only a guide for the ACLC formation, which hopes to liberate members tobecome better witnesses to God’s love and not to tie down members to every word writ-ten in this document.
Nothing is more practical than nding God;that is, falling in love in a quite absolute, nal way.What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do withyour evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know,what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.Fall in love; stay in lvoe, and it will decide everything.- Pedro Arrupe, S.J.