Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
On Thursday, March 1, the teachers of Rose Hill RC Primary were deep in discussions on how best they could demonstrate Catholic values in their daily teaching activities. This took place during their final session of the God at Work series of “conversations” which is being facilitated by members of the group ‘Catholics in the Workplace Trinidad & Tobago’.
This series of 12 video conversations encourages participants to integrate their faith and their work and in so doing, become agents of the Kingdom of God while at work.
After viewing each video, the teachers shared how the video personally “spoke” to them and how they may react in varying school and personal situations. We call to mind here the following New Testament passage– Titus 2:7 “and you yourself set an example of good works, by sincerity and earnestness, when you are teaching, and by a message sound and irreproachable so that any opponent will be at a loss, with no accusation to make against us.”
The ‘God at work’ series was developed by Ken Costa based on his book with the same title. He is also the chairman of Alpha International. The video conversations include topics such as God’s purpose for work, transforming work culture, money matters, making smart and right decisions, ambition, failure and tackling stress.
The Association of Catholics in the Workplace (CiWTT) was founded in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain in January 2012 in response to the Synod Resolution #2 under the New Evangelisation. The goal under the New Evangelisation is that all Catholics come to know Jesus and live their lives animated by His love, example and values resulting in the evangelisation of culture and integral human development.
With respect to the workplace, Pope St John Paul II in his encyclical Laborem Exercens,1981, wrote: “By enduring the toil of work in union with Christ crucified for us, man in a way collaborates with the Son of God for the redemption of humanity. He shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross in his turn every day in the activity that he is called upon to perform.”
While Rose Hill is the first school to complete the entire video series, several sessions have also been conducted with staff at Diego Martin Boys’ RC, Sacred Heart Girls’ and Newtown Boys’, and Girls’ RC. Feedback from teachers has been very encouraging and several of them felt reenergised.
Discussions are currently taking place with secondary schools that have expressed interest in conducting sessions for their staff. While Catholic schools were selected as the first to experience the sessions, they are applicable to any place of work.
All the videos are free and can be viewed directly or downloaded from the internet at godatwork.org.uk. Schools or organisations interested in the God at Work sessions may contact the Evangelization Commission at 671-0133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.