Aparecida 361-362: A Mission For A Continent

Today, more on that mission to communicate life:

361. Jesus’ project is to establish the Kingdom of his Father. Hence, he asks his disciples: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (Mt 10:7). This is the Kingdom of life. For what Jesus proposes to our peoples, the fundamental content of this mission, is the offer of full life for all. Thus, the church’s teaching, norms, ethical orientations, and all its missionary activity must allow this attractive offer of a more worthy life in Christ to shine through for each man and each woman in Latin America and the Caribbean.

It sure sounds like Pope Francis. It’s not just about a more ethical life, but such a life that offers authentic attraction for the skeptics, the doubters, the oppressed, and even those unconvinced by poor past witness of Christians.

362. We commit ourselves to a continent-wide Great Mission that will require that we deepen and enrich all the reasons and motivations to make each believer a missionary disciple.

Eleven years later, what progress has been made? I wonder if a North American effort would meet more resistance. Anti-Christian values listed here are even more of a problem in English and French-speaking America:

We need to develop the missionary dimension of life in Christ. The Church needs to be jolted to prevent it from becoming well established in comfort, stagnation, and lukewarmness, aloof from the suffering of the continent’s poor.

Parishes and base communities are on the front line:

We need every community to become a powerful radiating center of life in Christ. We hope for a new Pentecost that will free us from fatigue, disillusionment, and conformity to the environment; a coming of the Spirit who renews our joy and our hope.

The first concrete thing mentioned here, prayer:

Hence, it will become imperative that there be warm spaces of community prayer to feed the fire of an irrepressible zeal and make possible an attractive testimony of unity so “that the world may believe” (Jn 17:21).


Remember to reference an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference here.

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