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Ad Gentes 27

We arrive at the conclusion of chapter IV on missionaries themselves, with a concern that “lone ranger” ministry is not the course envisioned by the bishops. The council heaps praise on those who have labored with great tasks and under … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 26

This section speaks of the training needed for missionaries, starting with a christologically influenced formation in the Word. Those who are sent to different nations in order to be good ministers of Christ, should he nourished with the “words of … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 25

Ad Gentes now gives a list of ideal practices and qualities to have or to be developed by the missionary. I’ll outline them from the text below. To start with, we have seven practices, or “habits,” including a “special” formation: … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 24

Yet (a person) must respond to God Who calls, and that in such a way, that without taking counsel with flesh and blood (Gal. 1:16), he (or she) devotes (her or) himself wholly to the work of the Gospel. This response, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 23

With this post we begin chapter IV, “Missionaries.” Although every disciple of Christ, as far in (her or) him lies, has the duty of spreading the Faith, Christ the Lord always calls whomever He will from among the number of … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 22

The council bishops discuss the interplay of theology and what a “young Church” may have to offer the universal Church. The seed which is the word of God, watered by divine dew, sprouts from the good ground and draws from … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 21

The council bishops turn their attention to the laity, and in these following paragraphs, write of the hope that across the entire Church, lay people will add the necessary vitality and essence intended by Christ: The church has not been … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 20

Ad Gentes lays out in a hierarchical way the tasks of a “young church.”  Since the particular church is bound to represent the universal Church as perfectly as possible, let it realize that it has been sent to those also … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 19

Chapter III, titled “Particular Churches,” takes up the next few sections of the decree on the missionary activity of the Church. We start with an optimistic goal for the local Church which might well be recalled when assessing any established … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 18

Concluding chapter II, the bishops address religious life in mission lands. Reading it: Right from the planting stage of the Church, the religious life should be carefully fostered. This not only offers precious and absolutely necessary assistance to missionary activity, … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 17

Section 17 treats the ministry of catechist in mission lands. The council bishops sound grateful and full of praise: Likewise worthy of praise are the ranks of men and women catechists, well deserving of missionary work to the nations. Imbued … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 16

The goal, according to the council bishops, is for a mission church to be self-sustaining with clergy. Joyfully the Church gives thanks for the priceless gift of the priestly calling which God has granted to so many youths among those … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 15

Moving along, we read from the third article of Chapter II, “Forming a Christian Community.“ This is rather long, so bear with it, please … The Holy Spirit, who calls (everyone) to Christ by the seeds of the Lord and … Continue reading

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What the Future Holds …

… on Catholic Sensibility includes another lengthy project of posting and commentary on the post-conciliar liturgy documents. Now that the end of the Vatican II documents is in sight (only 27 more posts on Ad Gentes) it’s time to look … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 14

These paragraphs outline Vatican II’s approach to the restored catechumenate. It was briefly mentioned in Sacrosanctum Concilium 64-65, but gets a little more elaboration here: Those who, through the Church, have accepted from God a belief in Christ are admitted … Continue reading

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