The motto “aliis contemplata tradere” means “to hand down to others the fruits of one’s contemplation”. On the other hand the motto “contemplationem aliis tradere” means “to form others on how to contemplate”. It is of greater importance to teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish. They become more empowered, learning to deal directly with God as adults and to handle their relationship with Him.
In order to spread spiritual life, we need to Form the persons called to “teach others how to contemplate”. This formation has three main stages: 1- Receiving Spiritual Formation. 2- Attending Courses on Teaching. 3- Training to give Spiritual Formation.
Stage One: Receiving Spiritual Formation
Receiving like everyone else the initial formation in Spiritual Life with its 5 pillars. For greater capacity, depth and fruitfulness, it is better to finish the Second Level Course Solid Foundation.
The Five Pillars of Spiritual Formation are:
It is obvious that by implementing these five pillars a new style of life with Christ takes place.
Stage Two: Attending Courses on Teaching
Receiving the Art of Teaching i.e. a Theological formation, based on the topics of the Solid Foundations Course. For the purpose of teaching one can choose one or more topics in which to be trained. Learning to give Spiritual Direction is one of the topics.
Stage Three: Training to give Spiritual Formation
Teaching practice on each topic will be monitored on a one-to-one basis.
This is an amazing journey where humility, prudence and wisdom are very much needed.
If you are interested in the “Training Formators in Spiritual Life” programme, please contact us.