Christus Vivit 235: A Wide Inclusivity

Another dozen paragraphs after this one in one of the longest chapters of the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (which can be found on this link at the Vatican site). In today’s post, a longish quote from the synod’s final document:

235. Room should also be made for “all those who have other visions of life, who belong to other religions or who distance themselves from religion altogether. All the young, without exception, are in God’s heart and thus in the Church’s heart.

Not only are we tasked with imperfect believers, but even to reach out to those who do not believe as we do, or who lack belief. For some, that is a scary thought.

We fail often enough at it, because of fear, laziness, or other reasons:

We recognize frankly that this statement on our lips does not always find real expression in our pastoral actions: often we remain closed in our environments, where their voice does not penetrate, or else we dedicate ourselves to less demanding and more enjoyable activities, suppressing that healthy pastoral restlessness that would urge us to move out from our supposed security. The Gospel also asks us to be daring, and we want to be so, without presumption and without proselytizing, testifying to the love of the Lord and stretching out our hands to all the young people in the world”.[FD 117]

Do we dare move beyond the comfortable, the children of the country club? Any comments?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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