Aparecida 184-185: Missionary Disciples With Specific Vocations

Every baptized person can and could aspire to be a disciple. A lot of ink and keystrokes are expended on the ministry/volunteer thing. Extremists on both sides miss the point. That said, this coming section looks at ministries/roles/duties (however you want to call it) through the lens of discipleship.

184. The condition of disciple springs from Jesus Christ as from its fountain, through faith and Baptism, and grows in the Church, the community where all its members acquire equal dignity and participate in various ministries and charisms. The proper and specific way of living out baptismal holiness in the service of the Kingdom of God is thereby embodied in the Church.

8 significant issues facing us:

185. In faithfully fulfilling their baptismal vocation, disciples must take into account the challenges that today’s world presents to the Church of Jesus, including:

  • the exodus of believers to sects and other religious groups;
  • cultural trends contrary to Christ and the Church;
  • frustration among priests faced with immense pastoral work;
  • the scarcity of priests in many places;
  • changing cultural paradigms;
  • the phenomenon of globalization and secularization;
  • the grave problems of violence, poverty, and injustice;
  • the growing culture of death, which affects life in all its forms.

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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