Aparecida 389-390: A Mission Inspired By Jesus

Wrapping up the topic of human dignity, the Aparecida bishops write:

389. Our mission so that our peoples may have life in Him manifests our conviction that the meaning, fruitfulness, and dignity of human life is found in the living God revealed in Jesus. We are impelled by mission to bring to our people the full and happy life that Jesus brings us, so that all human persons may live in accordance with the dignity given them by God. We do so aware that this dignity will reach its fullness when God is all in all. He is the Lord of life and history, conqueror of the mystery of evil, and saving event that enables us to issue a true judgment on reality so as to safeguard the dignity of persons and peoples.

390. Our fidelity to the gospel demands that we proclaim the truth about the human being and the dignity of every human person in every public and private aeropagus in today’s world, and from within all expressions of the Church’s life and mission.

Our personal relationship with Jesus informs our stance in favor of human dignity. Partly, because Jesus has treated each person with mercy and dignity, and so we follow that example. Another part is the willingness to share that experience where we find ourselves in an “aeropagus,” a place of foreign gods, be these idols to materialism, extreme ideologies, the exploitation of others, or some other human obsession.

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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