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Lian is made up of four component parts: the an- the Christian symbol for Christ, joined in beauti- most ,basic Characteristic of the Christian family. tpon the whole is the sym- ho, Who holds the central iifted up to God, standing gth, exemplifying his place ,ard the earth, beautifully ass to the earth in her fer- dds in the divine plan of family unit. a sign of life, represents closeness of the power of ; supreme power of creation. \\; 0 Family Q Q 0 0 Friday, April 16, 1965 THE PROGRESS---Page 21 Movement At every meeting the group dis- cusses a part of the Scripture. The aim is to understand Christ's teachings. Why Take Actions? Serving others is the great principle of the Christian FamllyMovement, Christ healed the sick and ministered to other bodily needs. We can imitate Christ by noticing and responding to the needs of others, The early Christians were active apostles, It was said of them: "See how these Christians love one an- other." They won people for Christ, as Christ won them, by charity, Why Report On Our Actions ? Why report? Action is essential to the Christian Family Movement, Since the groups usually decide upon an action which everyone expected todo, everyone has a right to know whether the action was done. The only way a couple can see how CFM is taking hold is through the reports, People are encouraged by the example of others, Opening Prayer All groups begin meetings by standing or kneeling while they say together the opening prayer to the Holy Spirit, The "Sripture At every meeting the group discusses a part of the Scripture and applies it to everyday life, Sample discussion ques- tions are given in the meeting outlines, The aim is to learn what Christ taught, what Christ did, and to see how His teachings and actions can prompt us to think in out lives. The questions in the CFM booklets are not Intended to slant the discussion but to open it up so that the group will get the benefit of everyone's ideas. A specific action suggested by this Scripture "will be agreed upon and carried out by the couples, :Discussed in the Scripture, No attempt will be"made to associate The Subjects dcussed in the Scriptures and the Socia.lInquiries. It is felt that if such a direct relationship of ideas were indicated, the judgments would often be indicated, the judgments in the Scrip- ture discussion, although the problem of the Observe has not yet been presented, let alone judged. The Liturgy In the Scripture we learn about Christ as He lived on this earth, In the Liturgy Inquiry we seek to know Christ as He lives and acts irthe world today. We seek to know Him ih His Mystical Body, The Mystical Body of Ch:lst is the union of Christ and his members unitedly working together to carry on Christ's work of redeeming men, This is the Church, The Reports At every meeting a report is made by each couple on what they have done since the last meeting, The Social Inquiry Married couples have different roles to fill: Spouse Parent Neighbor Worker Citizen of communities of various size in the world The role of lay people in the Church is not listed separately, because the performance of their duties as spouse, parent, neighbor, worker, and citizen is their role in the church as lay people. Everyone would agree on the importance of doing as good a job as possible in each of these roles. What is the best way to learn how to :'be a Christia husband or wife, father or mother, neighbor, parishioner, worker or citizen? The inquiry method is a practical way of improving our performance in each one of these fields. Observing, Judging, and acting is accepted today as an efficient method of on the job training, CFM therefore uses the Social Inquiry, It is generally agreed that group dis- cussion of actual happenings is the kind of adult education which shows practical and judging results, It gives persons who have had experience a chance to look at a practical situation with the purpose of evaluating it, And married couples are qualified by experience in many fields. The Social Inquiry gives training in thinking of ways to improve everyday performance. Preview of Next Meeting At this poim the leader should briefly call the group's attention to the subject matter of the next 'meeting. Read the Observe questions. Be sure everyone agrees on what they mean. Set the time and place of the next meeting. Chaplain's Blessing The chaplain, who has not spoken during the meeting, makes a few remarks just before he meeting closes, He might comment on any part of the meeting, He might urge frequent offering of Mass He might suggest some reading or say something to encourTage the group, The meeting concludes vith a prayer said by the group, Chaplain's Reamarks After the prayer the couples kneel, and the leader asks the chaplain to give,his blessing. SOCIAL A short social with simple refreshments such as cake and coffee, is good. It helps to bring the members to become closer friends. COFFEE AFTER THE MEETING is enjoyed by Sacred Heart CFM members of Laeey, above. Pictured, from left, are: Agnes Kenmir, Dave Wild, Jim Coombs, Shirley Dziedzie, and Vfrgini Coombs. At left, Marita Herrera, Mary App, Harry App, Mike Lee, Father Leonard Rafalowski and Tom Clementson are discussing a :question at a meeting of St. Michael's CFM.