This pastoral project proceeded through several stages of theological reflection
involving the directors of CFM and friends of CFM working in Hispanic ministry: a
planning stage reflection; implementation stage reflection; evaluation stage reflection;
and a concluding personal reflection. The process of theological reflection used in CFM
and in development of my project is the Observe-Judge-Act method of social analysis.
This method as developed within the Christian Family Movement begins with observing
a situation, gathering the facts from personal experience and research. Based on these
observations, the next step is judging the situation in light of faith, comparing how things
are with how things should be, in accord with Gospel values. This comparison requires
objective observation of the situation, as well as a sincere effort to determine the
teaching of Jesus Christ. Finally, if it is determined that things are not as they should be,
then ways to bring about change — actions — will emerge.