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Redemptoris Missio 51ab: Basic Communities

We look at various manifestation of small groups, what Pope John Paul II referred to as “Ecclesial Basic Communities.” Are they “a Force for Evangelization” as the topic heading reads? I suspect there are some differences between the small faith-sharing … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 50: Ecumenism And Missionary Activity

This solicitude (of Christ for his sheep; cf. RM 49) will serve as a motivation and stimulus for a renewed commitment to ecumenism. The relationship between ecumenical activity and missionary activity makes it necessary to consider two closely associated factors. … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 49bc: Missionary Churches

Let’s pick up on yesterday’s discussion on the universality of the Church’s mission: Responsibility for this task (of establishing Christian communities everywhere) belongs to the universal Church and to the particular churches, to the whole people of God and to … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 49a: Universal Establishment

The Lord’s mandate at his Ascension seems clear enough: proclaim the Good News to all people. First come communities, then come churches: It is necessary first and foremost to strive to establish Christian communities everywhere, communities which are “a sign … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 48: Forming Local Churches

According to Pope John Paul II, “Forming Local Churches” follows from our last topic: Conversion and Baptism give entry into a Church already in existence or require the establishment of new communities which confess Jesus as Savior and Lord. This … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 47bcd: More On Baptism

Let’s wrap up the discussion on “Conversion and Baptism” from sections 46-47, starting with the New Testament witness from writers other than Saint Luke. This is a long post on a lot of text, but Pope John Paul II’s thinking … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 47a: On Baptism

In writing of “Conversion and Baptism,” Pope John Paul II rightly cites baptism as an important step. He’s not wrong, but it is important to recognize that baptism begins the Christian life. It is far from being a final step. … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 46d: The Problem Of Membership

I can’t say that’s I’ve been a missionary in the sense of serving in a place away from my homeland. It was only recently (2008-15) that intentional discipleship became a ministry focus in which I was welcomed. I can’t address … Continue reading

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On Pastoral Conversion

News of this document appeared on my facebook feed. I noticed more commentary on the use of four prepositional phrases in the title: The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelizing mission of the Church … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 46a: Conversion

Two numbered sections discuss “Conversion and Baptism.” In speaking of conversion, we are talking about two important things that are sometimes missed. First, that we are not talking about a switch from Wesley or Luther or Joel Osteen to Rome. … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 45cd: Discouragement And Martyrdom

In finishing up the theme of the Initial Proclamation, Pope John Paul II looks at the difficulties the missionary faces: In proclaiming Christ to non-Christians, the missionary is convinced that, through the working of the Spirit, there already exists in … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 45ab: Proclamation, Communal And Inspired

Let’s not be deceived that the proclamation of Christ depends on each or any of us individually. Pope John Paul II is right to disabuse us of that notion: Proclamation, because it is made in union with the entire ecclesial … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 44bc: Preaching Christ, With The Spirit

Pope John Paul II attaches importance to preaching. Does he mean liturgical preaching? Preaching by witness and example? Using words only when necessary? The missionary documents of Vatican II and Pope Paul VI are cited: In the complex reality of … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 44a: The Initial Proclamation of Christ the Savior

When Pope John Paul II refers to “The Initial Proclamation of Christ the Savior,” what does he mean? The initial proclamation is not the Church. It’s not the Roman Catholic flavor. This is one reason why the whole apologetics movement … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 43: Witnesses As Part Of A Human Family

Much to no one’s surprise, Pope John Paul II touts the family of humankind, that believers and our churches are part of a larger family of humankind. Even religious estrangement does not break the ties of our species in the … Continue reading

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