Category Archives: USCCB documents

GMD 94-96: Strategies for Employing Liturgy for Evangelization

Sections 94, 95, and 96 touch on liturgical matters, so they caught my eye. If you want to check on the larger perspective of this chapter (89-103) check the USCCB site, as linked. These three liturgical objectives look to the … Continue reading

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GMD 93: The Word of God

One quick post on the Word of God, and how essential it is for all Catholics to connect with the Scriptures. The objective is clear: To foster an appreciation of God’s Word in the lives of all Catholics. (GMD 93) … Continue reading

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GMD 91-92: Conversion

Conversion is the first step for a seeker, and often the next step for those who are already believers. One of the post-conciliar mantras, perhaps over-quoted, is “continuing conversion,” speaking I think to the human condition: we are but creatures … Continue reading

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GMD 89-90: Catholic Enthusiasm for the Faith

Sections 89-103 focus on the first goal of GMD, “To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others.” This goal has seen some attention, … Continue reading

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GMD 87-88: Consistency and Difficulty

These last two paragraphs of the chapter discussing the context of the goals (GMD 80-88), treat two different concerns. One is related to getting evangelization out of the program mindset of many American parishes. The bishops call for an attitude adjustment “top … Continue reading

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GMD 84-86: The Parish

The US Bishops tout the parish as “the most fitting location” (GMD 84) for working toward the three goals. Why? Because of the celebration of the Mass–Word and Eucharist. It is this summit of the Christian life to which we … Continue reading

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GMD 83: Everyday Life

The bishops remind all Catholics that the main thrust of evangelization is not the debate between Catholics and non-Catholics (apologetics) not is it programs like religious education (or even RCIA). They intend the three goals to be lived out “in the family … Continue reading

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GMD 82: Universal Community

The bishops place their plan for evangelization within a context larger than our parishes and the Church in the US. Evangelization is truly a universal mission of the universal Church. Evangelii Nuntiandi 60 is cited: Unless evangelization is done in … Continue reading

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GMD 81: Prayer

Continuing with the context of evangelization’s three goals, the bishops underscore the importance of prayer. Prayer is essential for fruitful evangelization. The bishops remind us of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount: to ask, seek, and to knock. They also mention … Continue reading

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GMD 80: Who Evangelizes?

Sections 80 through 88 treat the context of the three goals. We’ll take these next few posts carefully, especially as we look at the qualities the bishops expect from their people. For whom were these goals prepared? All Catholics in the … Continue reading

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GMD 76-79: Using the Plan

The 1992 US bishops hoped Go and Make Disciples would do more than take up space on a parish bookshelf. “This document should generate discussion about action,” the bishops write in GMD 76. They talk about the need to “sharpen a parish’s … Continue reading

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GMD 70-75: Pentecost Leads To Action

The bishops recount the Pentecost experience (GMD 70) as well as the discipleship of the Blessed Mother (71) and Peter (72) as they penned this brief section introducing the “Goals and Strategies” of Part II (70-74). Paragraph 75 reveals the bishops did not … Continue reading

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GMD 65-69: The Holy Spirit Leads

Part One of the document finishes up with a section called “Led in the Spirit.” It does us good to reflect on the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel accounts (Cf. GMD 65-67) and how Jesus allowed himself … Continue reading

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GMD 61-64: Why 1992?

Sections 61 through 64 address “Why We Are Issuing the Plan Now.” It’s a good question. GMD was issued 17 years after Pope Paul’s Evangelii Nuntiandi, the premier universal document on evangelization since Vatican II. It came 27 years after Ad Gentes. … Continue reading

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GMD 56-60: Third Goal–Inspiring Values

Go and Make Disciples 56 introduces the third goal of evangelization. The four sections that follow go into a bit more detail on this. Recent events, plus the witness of Pope Francis seem to suggest that Christian witness must go beyond … Continue reading

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