Aparecida 145-146: On Christian Humanism

The mission of Christ cannot be reduced to something bottled and sold, like a commodity:

145. When awareness of belonging to Christ grows by reason of the gratitude and joy that it produces, the eagerness to communicate the gift of this encounter to all also grows. The mission is not limited to a program or project, but it is sharing the experience of the event of the encounter with Christ, witnessing it and announcing it from person to person, from community to community, and from the Church to the ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8).

Person-to-person is obvious. Many saints were quite effective in this, a personalism that included the person of Christ. I’d be interested to know what the bishops mean by a sharing from one community to another.

From the introductory address to the Aparecida conference:

146. Benedict XVI reminds us that:

The disciple, founded in this way upon the rock of God’s word, feels driven to bring the Good News of salvation to his brothers and sisters. Discipleship and mission are like the two sides of a single coin: when the disciple is in love with Christ, he cannot stop proclaiming to the world that only in him do we find salvation (cf. Acts 4:12). In effect, the disciple knows that without Christ there is no light, no hope, no love, no future.(IA 3)


This is the essential task of evangelization, which includes the preferential option for the poor, integral human promotion, and authentic Christian liberation.

A healthy humanism here. Other comments?

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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