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Health Check for Advent

During the CFC Global Mission Center Advent Recollection held on November 22, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Fr. Dexter Toledo, OFM, Provincial Secretary OFM Province of San Pedro Bautista inQuezon City, taught the GMC workers how to make wise and full use of the season of Advent. Advent, being a period of waiting, can be a period of examination of conscience in order to prepare the self for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas. Fr. Toledo shared “The 15 Diseases of Leadership,  According to Pope Francis”, applying each “disease” to one’s personal experiences:


1. The disease of immortality – thinking we are immortal, immune, or downright indispensable,[and therefore] we have no need for regular check-ups.

Antidote: Humility; to say heartily, “I am merely a servant. I have only done what was my duty.”


2. The disease of excessive busyness - found in those who immerse themselves in work and inevitably neglect to “rest  a while.” Neglecting needed rest leads to stress and agitation.

Antidote: A time of rest, for those who have completed their work, spending time with one’s family and respecting holidays as moments for recharging.


3. The disease of mental and [emotional] “petrification” - found in those who have a heart of stone, or the “stiff-necked”.

Antidote: Have the sentiments of humility and unselfishness, of detachment and generosity.


4. The disease of perfectionalism/excessive planning and of functionalism.

Antidote: Leave room for the Holy Spirit to work. Like God and the story of creation, we need to see the good, to name it, to bear witness to it, to proclaim it.


5. The disease of poor coordination - the body loses its harmonious functioning and its equilibrium, becoming an orchestra that produces noise.


6. The disease of spiritual amnesia - which consists in losing the memory of those who nurtured, mentored and supported us in our own journeys, the great leaders who inspired us.


7. The disease of rivalry and vainglory. Antidotes to 6,7,8: Do nothing from selfishness or conceit but in humility count others better than ourselves. Look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.


8. The disease of existential schizophrenia - the disease of those who live a double life, hypocrisy typical of the mediocre and of a progressive emotional emptiness which no accomplishment or title can fill.

Antidote: Be constantly in contact with reality, with concrete people.

 

9. The disease of gossiping, grumbling, and back-biting. 

 Antidote: Let us be on our guard against the terrorism of gossip! Challenge: Can you go for 24 hours without saying anything unkind about anyone?

 

10. The disease of idolizing superiors.

Antidote: Honor the larger mission of the organization rather than persons.


11.The disease of indifference to others.

Antidote: Have the sincerity and warmth of genuine human relations, sharing what you learn in a helpful way with others, taking joy in helping others up and encouraging them.


12. The disease of a downcast face, or a show of severityand sterile pessimism as symptoms of fear and insecurity.

Antidote: Make an effort to be courteous, serene, enthusiastic and joyful. Be a person who transmits joy everywhere he goes, with a good dose of humor!


13. The disease of hoarding, or trying to fill an existential void in your heart by accumulating material goods, not out of need but only in order to feel secure.

Antidote: “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light!” ~Yogi Bhajan


14. The disease of closed circles, when belonging to a clique becomes more powerful than our shared identity.

Antidote: Remember, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste.” (Mark 3:24)


15.The disease of extravagance and self-exhibition - when one turns his or her service into power, and uses that power for material gain, or to acquire even greater power.

Antidote: Check yourself: Do I behave in ways that seem egocentric to those around me? (Alma Alvarez)

Added on Monday, December 11, 2017


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