to the Spirituality
of the Social Action Office
work of the Social Action Office is based in the life of the Catholic
Church and, for the last five years, has drawn special strength
and inspiration from the Wisdom/Sophia biblical tradition. This
is simply one aspect of Divine Revelation which inspires our work.
recent times a great deal of biblical scholarship has focused
on a new evaluation of the importance of the Wisdom/Sophia biblical
tradition in the Old and New Testaments. Much of this work has
made the connection between Sophia in the Old Testament and Jesus
in the New Testament.
us, Sophia (the feminine Greek word for Wisdom) highlights feminine
aspects of God which encompass Gods care for the Earth -
the household of all living creatures. Sophia does not live on
the holy mountain but, rather, Sophia lives in the household bringing
about peace, justice and right relationships. This Divine imaging
captures for us the essential nature of social action ministry
in our society.
use of the phrase Sophias transformative dream for
all creation is a way of describing working to bring Gods
kingdom into reality.
(Sophia) is the breath of Gods power
and a stream of pure glory of the Almighty.
well as giving special emphasis to the Wisdom/ Sophia biblical
tradition, the Social Action Office also draws strength and inspiration
in its ministry from:
person of Jesus especially in his announcement that he has come
to bring life in all its fullness;
various spiritualities of the Religious Congregations that make
up the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes, Queensland
(CLRIQ), especially in writings which highlight the commitment
they have to the poor and disadvantaged;
Liberation Theologies - from Asia and Latin America;
such as the Catholic Worker, Pax Christi.
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