Aparecida 278, Part 4: Life in Community

A good subtitle here might be: lone rangers need not apply.

d) Communion: There can be no Christian life except in community: in families, parishes, communities of consecrated life, base communities, other small communities, and movements. Like the early Christians who met in community, the disciples take part in the life of the Church, and in the encounter with brothers and sisters, living the love of Christ in solidarity, in fraternal life. They are also accompanied and encouraged by the community and its shepherds as they mature in the live of the Spirit.

I don’t have experience with the Latin American situation, but I’d have to testify that the communal situation–call it community, teamwork, collaboration–is one of the more frustrating, disappointing, and unexplored aspects of my experience as a disciple. I catch what I can. But the American experience–even for its clergy–is that everybody has their area or moment of specialization. Top it off with the indulgence for tangible productivity, and you get an ecclesial system that works against communities of disciples. Even for parishioners, events that could develop into discipleship groups are designed for the short-term: five weeks of Lent or a handful of autumn sessions (and besides, one can get it online now, anyway). In a phrase, huge challenges here,.

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

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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