WHAT IS THE FORMATION LIFE CYCLE?
We're glad you asked.
Although this may seem unfamiliar, we assure you, you know the Formation Life Cycle (FLC) well. You know it well because many of its phases have happened, or are happening, in your life. We all experience these 5 phases continuously throughout our lives. The FLC is simply the way God designed us to be in relationship with him. Let's take a closer look at each of the phases...
The most natural "first step" for most of us is connecting with people. Thing about it. Most of us are likely to persevere through a process if we have others walking with us through the process.
Now that we are connected to other people, we can freely encounter the Person of Jesus Christ. This vital and personal relationship gives life and meaning to our formation.
This relationship with Christ will often stir in our hearts a desire for change: first to say "yes" to the things that strengthen that relationship and then to say "no" to those things that threaten our relationship with Jesus.
The fourth phase is meant to ground our relationship and help us to grow in holiness. By integrating the Bible, Church teaching, prayer, and virtue into our lives, we become more mature Christians in body, mind, heart, and will.
Finally, we are ready to share what we have received. Here we learn more about our charisms and are equipped for the mission of evangelizing others. The beautiful thing about mission is that we need not travel to another country to find it. We can live a life on mission within our vocations, our marriages and our families. We can live a life of mission in our workplace, at our church parish, and within our larger community.