Living as Missionary Disciples Workbook Fourfold Methodology - Page 12

Reflection Questions (cont.) A core part of the Art of Accompaniment is reaching out to those who are broken. Describe a time when someone reached out to you in your own life. How did they listen to your “point of pain”? Active listening is the first step in the accompaniment of others. According to number 171 of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel): Listening helps us to find the right gesture and word which shows that we are more than simply bystanders. Only through such respectful and compassionate listening can we enter on the paths of true growth and awaken a yearning for the Christian ideal: the desire to respond fully to God’s love and to bring to fruition what he has sown in our lives. How do you practice active listening? What challenges you about this practice? How can you continue to improve your active listening skills? Imitating Jesus Christ’s accompaniment model, discuss the importance of being present to others through asking meaningful questions. Who do you seek advice from when you encounter relational obstacles? What characteristics do these advisors possess in order for you to seek their advice? Accompany | 7