As its first goal, faith formation helps adults “to acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord.” This attitude fosters a baptismal spirituality for adults. It leads us to recognize and repent of sin in our hearts and lives, to seek reconciliation through the sacraments, and to embrace the invitation and challenge of an ever deepening faith in Jesus. It means putting on the mind of Christ, trusting in the Father’s love, obeying God’s will, seeking holiness of life, and growing in love for others. Deepening personal prayer is a significant means toward growth in holiness in daily life.
Faith formation helps us to make “a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian community,” accepting “co-responsibility for the community’s mission and internal life.” Adults not only receive the ministries of the Christian community, they also contribute to its life and mission through the generous stewardship of their gifts.
We the Church, its faithful, have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform it. This calling to evangelization integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each of us to become “more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world.” As salt of the earth and light for the world (cf. Mt 5:13-16), we are to give witness to God’s love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, we renew the face of the earth.