Last month, I was invited to St. Francis de Sales parish in Beckley, WV, to lead a day-long retreat about Catholic Social Teaching. The parish livestreamed my talks for the parishioners, and I was able to edit the video recording and adapt it into an online course!
There is no cost to access this course, you only need to create a free account with SmartCatholics (the host site).
This course is divided into six sections:
- Introduction – What is Catholic Social Teaching?
- The Kerygma – The proclamation of God’s identity and love of each person
- Dignity of the Human Person – The infinite dignity of each and every person challenges every political ideology
- The Common Good – Society has a responsibility to each and every person
- Subsidiarity – Everyone needs the opportunity to be responsible for healing their own community
- Solidarity – Creating structures of justice for all our brothers and sisters
- To help you trust in God’s goodness and love for you personally.
- To propose and explain the Church’s social teaching.
- To invite you into vulnerable prayer with God where you are open to him moving your heart and convicting your conscience.
How to Get the Most Out of “Life As Christ”
Listen. Watch the videos with a desire to learn from the wisdom of Scripture and the Church.
Be okay with discomfort. If some of the content makes you uncomfortable, or if you are struggling with something the Lord is putting on your heart in prayer, try to be okay with that. The Lord is so patient with us, he is not scandalized or threatened by our discomfort, our wrestling.
Pray. Take the time to pray with the Scriptures and teachings that are being proposed. Bring your concerns and questions to the Lord. Let him transform your mind and heart.
If you want me to lead a retreat for your own parish, campus, or young adult group, please contact me here. Leading retreats is one of my greatest joys and privileges in ministry.
Paul Fahey lives in Michigan with his wife and four kids. For the past almost eight years, he has worked as a professional catechist. He has an undergraduate degree in Theology and is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling. He is a retreat leader, catechist formator, writer, and a co-founder of Where Peter Is. His long-term goal is to provide pastoral counseling for Catholics who have been spiritually abused, counseling for Catholic ministers, and counseling education so that ministers are more equipped to help others in their ministry.