Gaudete et Exsultate Outline

See the source imageI’ve never favored cherry-picking through an important read, be it the Bible, a set of instructions, or a church document. I do notice that some Vatican documents lack a table of contents. In my first scanning of Pope Francis’ new release on holiness, I took the liberty of assembling such a table from the Holy Father’s chapter and section titles. In parentheses, I also added the paragraph numbers. That might be helpful if you are looking through the document in electronic format. Anything in the outline in non-blue is an untitled portion that introduces text to come or sums up what preceded.

Introduction (1-2)

CHAPTER ONE: THE CALL TO HOLINESS (3-34)

  • THE SAINTS WHO ENCOURAGE AND ACCOMPANY US (3-5)
  • THE SAINTS “NEXT DOOR” (6-9)
  • THE LORD CALLS (10-13)
  • FOR YOU TOO (14-18)
  • YOUR MISSION IN CHRIST (19-24)
  • ACTIVITY THAT SANCTIFIES (25-31)
  • MORE ALIVE, MORE HUMAN (32-34)

CHAPTER TWO: TWO SUBTLE ENEMIES OF HOLINESS (35-62)

  • Introduction (35)
  • CONTEMPORARY GNOSTICISM (36-46)
    • An intellect without God and without flesh (37-39)
    • A doctrine without mystery (40-42)
    • The limits of reason (43-46)
  • CONTEMPORARY PELAGIANISM (47-62)
    • A will lacking humility (49-51)
    • An often overlooked Church teaching (52-56)
    • New pelagians (57-59)
    • The summation of the Law (60-62)

CHAPTER THREE: IN THE LIGHT OF THE MASTER (63-109)

  • Introduction (63-64)
  • GOING AGAINST THE FLOW (65-94)
    • “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (67-70)
    • “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (71-74)
    • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (75-76)
    • “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (77-79)
    • “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (80-82)
    • “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (83-86)
    • “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (87-89)
    • “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (90-94)
  • THE GREAT CRITERION (95-108)
    • In fidelity to the Master (96-99)
    • Ideologies striking at the heart of the Gospel (100-103)
    • The worship most acceptable to God (104-108)
  • Conclusion (109)

CHAPTER FOUR: SIGNS OF HOLINESS IN TODAY’S WORLD (110-157)

  • Introduction (110-111)
  • PERSEVERANCE, PATIENCE AND MEEKNESS (112-121)
  • JOY AND A SENSE OF HUMOR (122-128)
  • BOLDNESS AND PASSION (129-139)
  • IN COMMUNITY (140-146)
  • IN CONSTANT PRAYER (147-157)

CHAPTER FIVE: SPIRITUAL COMBAT, VIGILANCE AND DISCERNMENT (158-175)

  • Introduction (158)
  • COMBAT AND VIGILANCE (159-165)
    • More than a myth (160-161)
    • Alert and trustful (162-163)
    • Spiritual corruption (164-165)
  • DISCERNMENT (166-175
    • An urgent need (167-168)
    • Always in the light of the Lord (169)
    • A supernatural gift (170-171)
    • Speak, Lord (172-173)
    • The logic of gift and of the cross (174-175)

Conclusion (176-177)

Check this link for the full document Gaudete et Exsultate from Pope Francis.

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