Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 292: Traits of a Disciple

Are you a disciple? Or does your Christian identity reside solely in belief? Or that and knowledge? The bullet points below outline some qualities on which one can check oneself. Note there are three overarching categories, but I’d like to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 291: Growth In Discipleship

291. Being a disciple is a gift that is intended to grow. Christian initiation provides the possibility of a gradual apprenticeship in knowledge, love, and following of Jesus Christ. It thus forges Christian identity with fundamental convictions and accompanies the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 290: Mystagogical Catechesis

Pope Benedict reminds us that Christian formation includes more than just book-learning:   290. We recall that in the oldest tradition of the Church, the formative itinerary of the Christian “always had an experiential character. While not neglecting a systematic … Continue reading

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Aparecida 289: Proposals for Christian Initiation

Sections 289 through 294 outline “Proposals for Christian initiation.” This section outlines a progression that is not always followed. Many places in Christendom suffer from more of a “club membership” notion of being a believer. For Catholics, that sacramental moment, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 288: A Rich Kerygma

Initiation into Christ is about more than a liturgy, a ceremony, or jumping through parish hoops. In its fullest form, initiation involves preaching the basic person of Christ and his message through his life, Passion, and resurrection.   288. Christian … Continue reading

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Aparecida 287: A New Evangelization

“New Evangelization” is now part of a lingo for a worldwide Church. We need to pay attention to it. “New” is not greeted warmly by some Catholics. Some of us are accustomed to “timeless.” But different approaches from those of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 286: Initiation To Christian Life

Part 3 of Chapter 6 treats the matter of “Initiation to  Christian Life and Permanent Catechesis.” Numbered sections from today’s through number 300 will hit the topic. At the risk of curbing reader enthusiasm, the Aparecida bishops point out a … Continue reading

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