Religious Education Congress 2006

Step into Freedom Paso a la libertad

Tidings March 10, 2006 Special  Preview Section

The theme for Congress 2006, "Step Into Freedom," flows from the command of Christ to Lazarus and to us: unbind… unwrap… roll away the stone… come forth to a life that is brand new. The command signals us to pause and remember the words of the poet David Whyte:

"Anything or anyone
 that does not
 bring you alive
 is too small for you."
 

And so we ask, what imprisons, entombs, shuts us down and robs us of spirit?

Not only are the burdens of weakness, the threat of terrorism, daily sources of anxiety and fear but it seems harder each day to protect the unity of our communities from the pressures arising from our personal and social sinfulness.

Jesus is the one who gives life, raises hope and calls us to an appreciation of the vast spaciousness, wide-openness of a God who invites us to leave behind all that enslaves and stand fast by the liberty which Christ has made for us. Faith in Christ as resurrection and life brings fresh stirrings of divine life and ultimately true freedom.

We then are challenged to Step into Freedom, witness to our new life in Christ, and place our lives and ministry at the service of God’s people in the world.

– Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
Director, Office of Religious Education


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