The Heart of a Servant
Formation Program for Public Servants
Accompanying public servants to accompany others
A series of four to six modules to help your team members become joyful public servants
This program is for you if:
- Your group is having difficulty working together cohesively.
- You have team members who do not handle customers properly.
- Your team is struggling to achieve your common goals
Hospitality and My True Self: Responding to a Call
This module examines the falseness that the participants have unconsciously imbibed through personal secret cynicism, family pressure, socio-cultural pressure, etc. This module also explores the motivation why the participants are in the helping industry. Discovery of who we truly are can only result from being hospitable to oneself.
Knowing and caring for the self
I try to understand God’s design for me through a deeper awareness of my self. I strive to know who and what my true self is so I can take good care of myself.
Giving away the self for others
My renewed self-awareness leads me to a life of self-giving. As I become full of God’s graces and affirmations, I am moved to empty myself to serve others.
Hospitality: Am I called to it?
I listen to God more and sense my calling. I continually sense my gift of hospitality and how it manifests in my work.
Body, Soul, and Spirit: A Journey to Wholeness
We look at how formation can assist the participant to become a better steward—one who has achieved integration of body, soul, and spirit. Formation will look into attachments which result in spiritual unfreedom and unhappiness. We assist participants to become more open to see, hear, feel, and find meaning in their lives by becoming more aware of their surroundings, feeling their feelings, and generally learning to slow down to see reality as it unfolds.
The need for an interior life
Prayer is an essential part of my life. My heart is being led to silence and solitude so I can see myself as God sees me. I am able to enrich my interior life by pausing and noticing God in everything. I am mindful of how I process my thoughts and feelings
A being in the world
I am aware of forces outside of myself that influence my well being. My family, friends, colleagues, and the larger society all contribute to my unfolding in this world. Conversely, I am aware of how I impact my environment through my reactions and responses to events happening around me.
Life in a community
My spiritual journey is best taken with co-pilgrims who can help me be more attuned to God’s presence and notice how the Spirit is moving in my life. This community accompanies me in my walk, assists me in relishing my God experiences, and guides me in my discernment.
From Womb to Tomb: A Life Broken and Blessed
Knowing one’s origins (genealogy) is the basis for knowing and understanding oneself. Participants are made more aware of their family history and genetics to discover some patterns and tendencies. Specifically, they do research with their own families to see various vocational careers, talents, and abilities, as well as dysfunctions and unhealthy attachments. The participants take all these as they begin the journey of knowing themselves better so they may be able to respond not only to their careers, but to their calling in life.
Retracing my origins
Knowing my origins is the basis of knowing and understanding myself. I become more aware of my familial history and genetics to discover some patterns and tendencies. I get to know my own family to see various vocations or careers, talents, and abilities, as well as dysfunctions, unhealthy attachments, and the like.
My upbringing and my sense of being
The kind of upbringing I received greatly influences my sense of being. My personality and my environment form the foundation I can stand on as I face life and the challenges ahead of me.
God and my relationships
A growing sense of awareness of my self and my environment happens alongside a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. A happy and fulfilling life emanates from the wholeness of my being, equipping me to effectively cope with changes all around me.
A Weekend Retreat: Braving the Transitions in Life
This is a two-day preached retreat that examines the eight stages of life as proposed by psychologist Erik Erikson in his theory of psychosocial development and how it can be used in our spiritual growth. This retreat explores how grace can be observed at work throughout the eight developmental stages, each involving tasks and crises.
From Infancy to Childhood: The Critical Early Years
A big part of a person’s ability to adjust well in his environment is influenced by the kind of care one received during infancy and childhood. The quality of the bond formed with the primary caregiver can affect how the child relates to other people later in life.
The Teens and Young Adults: In Search of Identity and Intimacy
The turbulent years of teenage and young adulthood pose a great challenge. The young adult starts to find his or her identity as he or she is being shaped by his or her environment. Intimate relationships with a significant other start at these stages.
The Adult Years: Life’s Meaning and Purpose
Adulting can be very difficult. A person enters this stage of life and starts making crucial decisions that can affect his or her life in the long term. Some commit to relationships, start their own families, establish themselves in their chosen careers, etc. Endowed with much energy and talents, they brave this stage with some successes, some failures, and much learning.
The Generative Years: Midlife Transition and the Journey to Integrity
Arriving at the peak of life, one begins to ask what life is all about. A person in this stage looks back at the first half of life and brace him or herself for the second half. Efforts are made to make every moment count by living life to the fullest and leaving a legacy by which the world can remember him or her.
Highly recommended supplementary modules
The Enneagram: Journeying to My True Self
The Enneagram describes nine distinct personality types—patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting—by which people see life. Our basic type reveals the psychological mechanism we unknowingly use to forget our true nature—Divine Essence. The Enneagram works by insight. Once we see our False Self for what it is, we are no longer attached to it and it no longer blocks us from realizing our gifts, integrate our shadows, and all that we reject about ourselves.
Chastity is not only for the priests and religious but for everyone. Chastity is a key aspect of one’s journey towards integration. It is about saying ‘yes’ to the Divine plan of our relationships, our bodies, and our identity. Chastity, as described by St. Ignatius of Loyola, is about ‘setting love in order’.