1- Based on experience
The Spirituality of Action is an incarnational spirituality, it takes experience seriously (inductive)
- What is happening?
- What realities are happening in your life and community (personal, social, political, church)?
- Who are most vulnerable?
2- With a universal (Catholic) view
- Looking beyond borders to the universal
- Getting out our self-referential bubbles – “Pax Romana”
- Good Samaritan (Fratelli Tutti)
3- Oriented towards personal and social transformation (integral liberation)
“God is working an integral revolution, a revolution at every level of human (and nonhuman) being: personal (and impersona), interpersonal, social, economic, political and eccleisal.” – Dean Brackley, SJ
The Reign of God challenges us to transform our relationships with others, with ourselves, with creation, and with God.
4- Transformation based on discernment
Étienne Gilson, defined the mission of the Pax Romana “to organize in the world a fraternity of minds who put their intelligence to the service of God.”
“Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
5- This discernment happens in community
The group apostolate is very important also because the apostolate must often be performed by way of common activity both the Church communities and the various spheres. For the associations established for carrying on the apostolate in common sustain their members, form them for the apostolate, and rightly organize and regulate their apostolic work so that much better results can be expected than if each member were to act on their own.” (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, no. 18)