05/18/2019, 09.00
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Catholic business people discuss faith and 'changes' in the modern era

by Mathias Hariyadi

Hundreds of Catholics participated in the 2019 Fruitful Business conference, centred on ‘Searching for the wisdom of God in a disruptive era’. The conference saw 22 leading Catholic figures share their experience as professionals and believers with participants.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – Disruptions, changes, innovation and the Catholic faith in the modern era were at the centre of the 2019 Fruitful Business conference that brought together several Catholic businessmen and women.

Now in its 13th edition, yesterday’s event saw hundreds of Catholics gather at the Mulia Hotel, in the heart of Jakarta for the occasion.

As every year, the seminar was organised by the Shekinah Personal Evangelisation School (SEP) under the patronage of the Diocesan Service Agency-Catholic Charismatic Renewal-Archdiocese of Jakarta (BPK PKK-KAJ). The focus for this year's seminar was Searching the wisdom of God in a disruptive era.

Today's world is undergoing a transition from an industrial civilisation to a digital one. This transition does not just affect business and economics, but involves different aspects of the environment in which people live, including religious life. hence, the 2019 Fruitful Business looked at the issue of "discontinuity" and how Catholics can cope with this situation.

Theodorus Wiryawan, a former Carmelite novice now head of the Fruitful Business organising committee, invited 22 leading figures from the Catholic business community to speak at the conference.

The latter shared their experiences as professionals and believers with those present, focusing on how they cope with the growing challenges of the last few years in their respective working environments.

The importance of the Christian faith emerged from the stories heard, as a spur not give up when difficulties arise, and as a creative element to find innovative solutions.

According to Mgr Robertus Rubiyatmoko, Archbishop of Semarang, creativity is one of the four key aspects of the religious experience to which every Christian is called. To this must be added humility, the capacity for analysis and discernment.

In his address, the prelate explained to participants how the Catholic Church reacted to the great changes proposed by the Second Vatican Council.

The "Vatican Council II became the Church’s major internal force for change,” said Mgr Rubiyatmoko. Thus, we should “let the new fresh air come into the Church to encourage the spirit of change and innovation."

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