Querida Amazonia 91-93: Communities Filled With Life

Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation addresses communities filled with life. The Mass is central in this life-giving quality. A reminder for priests on one important consideration, that the Eucharist is part of uncovering and assisting the discernment of gifts:

The one who presides at the Eucharist must foster communion, which is not just any unity, but one that welcomes the abundant variety of gifts and charisms that the Spirit pours out upon the community. (QA 91)

Priests are important to the Mass, but other people can be assisted by the fruitful celebration of liturgy (Cf. QA 92). There is more to developing charisms than those in Holy Orders. A wider effort is needed:

93. Consequently, it is not simply a question of facilitating a greater presence of ordained ministers who can celebrate the Eucharist. That would be a very narrow aim, were we not also to strive to awaken new life in communities. We need to promote an encounter with God’s word and growth in holiness through various kinds of lay service that call for a process of education – biblical, doctrinal, spiritual and practical – and a variety of programs of ongoing formation.

Education is part of a bigger picture of formation. Theology works optimally when the persons are motivated to serve, when initial gifts have been uncovered and developed. Without a focus, education can devolve into a series of scattershot talking and testing. Theology needs prepared soil and nurturing care of the minister-to-be.

Other thoughts?

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