Aparecida 518de: Seekers And Believers

518. So that the inhabitants of cities and their outskirts, both believers and non-believers, can find fullness of life in Christ, we feel the need that pastoral agents, as disciples and missionaries, must to strive to develop:

d) A process of Christian initiation and ongoing formation to rekindle the faith of the disciples of the Lord, combining knowledge, feeling, and behavior.

The challenge here is that many Christians see sacraments of initiation as capstones of educational processes. Few take advantage of the wealth of opportunity for continuing formation in the faith.

e) Services of attention, personal welcome, spiritual direction, and the sacrament of reconciliation, responding to the loneliness and the great psychological wounds suffered by many in cities, taking interpersonal relations into account.

This fifth proposal would require us to look beyond the celebration of Mass for inspiration. Evangelical Christians do well with seeker services. Others consider the phenomenon something of a sellout. And yet, loneliness alluded to here is a social reality in areas with the densest human populations.

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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