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Anchor Concept: Transformation/Conversion (PDF File)

TRANSFORMATION/CONVERSION

Transformation is a key concept used by Christians to describe their role in the world. The Gospel uses images of salt, light and yeast to describe their transforming presence and call. Our ability to transform the world rests in allowing Christ himself to accomplish this task in and through us. Transformation thus has two dimensions: it requires conversion to the Gospel and seeing the world through eyes that recognize Christ in others. This new sight calls for a response - the need to work for the justice of Christ's Reign. The Holy Spirit is the key agent in all true conversion and transformation. At a personal level, the Spirit convicts us in our sin, empowers us to be reconciled with one another and with God, to grow and change; in short, to be transformed and transform in Christ. The Spirit thus inspires all people of good will to address social sin at a structural, systemic or societal levels through public education, the building of relationships, systems and structures which promote a more human, just and peaceful world. By changing existing structures, systems and relationships which dehumanize, victimize or marginalize persons, we thus become agents of transformation: salt, light and yeast in the world. Catholic education requires the preparation of Christian disciples who are critical thinkers to contribute to the transformation of society with the leaven of the Gospel, rather than just fit into it.

Related Concepts:

CONVERSION
CHANGE OF HEART
SOCIAL SIN
SOCIAL JUSTICE
HUMAN RIGHTS
EQUALITY AND EQUITY
EMPOWERMENT
LIBERATION
INFLUENCE / POWER
INDUSTRIALIZATION
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRESS / GROWTH
PEACE
NON-VIOLENCE
EVOLUTION / REVOLUTION
FAITH
HOPE
MYSTERY, WONDER AND AWE
SALT OF THE EARTH
LEAVEN (YEAST)
LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Corresponding Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
 
CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
CGE1g Understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's journey
CGE2e Uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life
CGE3c Thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situations and solve problems
CGE3d Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience
CGE3f Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socio-economic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society
CGE4c Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership
CGE5d Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good
CGE7a Acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions
CGE7e Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
CGE7j Contributes to the common good