GIFT and TRANSFORMATION
Two Faith Pillars
(NOTE: The Vatican Dicastery For Promoting Integral Human Development's Laudato Si Action Platform just published a GIFT document related to the two faith pillars of GIFT and TRANSFORMATION on its website. CLICK HERE TO READ)
As you'll note, GIFT, the name of our ministry, is an acronym for Global Institute For Transformation, and we see these two faith pillars -- 1) GIFT, and 2) TRANSFORMATION -- as essential, foundational faith concepts.
Contemplating these two pillars could certainly compel us to live life differently:
1) Reflecting on, appreciating and celebrating everything and everyone that God has freely given us as a GIFT, and...
2) Allowing our God, who created us, to TRANSFORM our lives, so we can become more like Him; to live and love more like Jesus, our Creator and Savior; and to TRANSFORM our world with all the incredible love He's given us.
What's involved is reciprocating back to God for all the wonderful GIFTs we've received from Him, and re-GIFTING from the gifts we've received to help others in need -- spiritually or materially -- to transform their situation and transform the world. This entails letting the Holy Spirit transform us so we can make our lives a GIFT of self back to God and to others -- just like Jesus.
These two pillars have surfaced in Scripture and also in multiple encyclicals and teachings produced by the Catholic Church. Click here for access to a document rendering this.