Category Archives: USCCB documents

GMD 53-55: Goal Two, Inviting Others

The second goal found in Go and Make Disciples is the classic understanding of evangelization as it might shade toward proselytizing: To invite all people in the United States, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in … Continue reading

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GMD 46-52: Catholic Enthusiasm

In laying out their three goals (GMD 45-60), the US bishops spend the most ink on the first: Goal I: To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely … Continue reading

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GMD 45: Three Goals

Sections 45 through 60 in Go and Make Disciples address “Our Goals.” Three goals will be listed in the posts that follow. The bishops make the commitment to “pledge ourselves to work for the accomplishment of these goals, which spring from our understanding … Continue reading

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GMD 42-44: Non-Catholics

Concluding the chapter on “How Evangelization Happens,” Go and Make Disciples addresses in turn non-Catholics Christians (42), Jews (43), and non-Christian religions (44). If part of evangelization is ongoing renewal, then it would follow that “dialogue and cooperation” (GMD 42) is … Continue reading

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GMD 41: Sweet Gifts

Go and Make Disciples gives a nod to RCIA in this section. Yet if we have once seen the joy of those received into the Church at Easter, if we have ever experienced the growth of those going through the Rite … Continue reading

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GMD 38-40: Inactive Brothers and Sisters

These three sections of Go and Make Disciples acknowledge the situation of Catholics who were once with us but no longer express an active faith life. The bishops concede some of the many reasons: poor formation, alienation from Church teaching or … Continue reading

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GMD 34-37: How Evangelization Happens in the Life of the Church

Sections 34 through 44 in Go and Make Disciples address the question: How Evangelization Happens? Let’s look at a few sections today. GMD 34 reminds us of the role of the Holy Spirit. It is through the grace of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

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GMD 31-33: Enlightenment, Uniquity, Love

Go and Make Disciples, in these three sections, looks at three additional reasons to evangelize. That’s other that because Jesus told us to. Affirming the human person involves our heritage as people of God: Unless people know the grandeur for … Continue reading

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GMD 30: Smaller Church–Not So Much

Our examination of Go and Make Disciples includes another response to the “why.” We evangelize because people must be brought to the salvation that Jesus the Lord offers in and through the Church. While we acknowledge that the grace of God … Continue reading

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GMD 28-29: The Lord’s Command

Sections 28 through 33 in Go and Make Disciples address the question “Why Evangelize?” The bishops give a straightforward answer: Jesus told us to do it. Starting from the mission statement of Matthew 28:18-20 (in GMD 28), we are given the Scriptural … Continue reading

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GMD 26-27: Relationships

The last of the “implications” to address in the chapter in Go and Make Disciples that defines the term treats with relationships. GMD 26 cites Matthew and Acts to make the case that our relationship with Jesus Christ is to be found, … Continue reading

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GMD 24-25: Discomfort with “Evangelization”

The bishops who wrote Go and Make Disciples in the early 90’s acknowledged concerns about the term. Maybe they should have come up with the moniker “new evangelization” all those years ago. It sure seems to have caught on more … Continue reading

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GMD 23: Two Directions, Three Objectives

Sections 23 through 27 in Go and Make Disciples address “Other Implications.” The first of these analyze the where, or if you will, the who of evangelization. One way to look at the direction question is simply: evangelization is about “us” … Continue reading

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GMD 19-22: The Force of the Gospel Itself

Continuing to look at the question, “What is Evangelization?” we’ll examine how the bishops answered this question in Go and Make Disciples. The bishops place a lot of trust in the message of the Gospel itself. There is no need … Continue reading

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GMD 16-18: Individuals and Society

In today’s post on Go and Make Disciples, the bishops look to the consequences of individual conversion. They suggest that individual conversion will lead to a conversion in society itself. Is this realistic? The Lord’s mission (Matthew 28:19-20) suggests a universal task. … Continue reading

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