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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 113-117: Organizing for Adult Faith Formation

We come to the last major part of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. “Part IV: A Plan for Ministry — Organizing for Adult Faith Formation” will occupy us as we look at parishes first (paragraphs 113-153) and then the … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 108-112: Finishing Off A Multi-Faceted Approach

In Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us the bishops also wrote of “individual activities” to develop adult formation. Jesus certainly practiced alone time and counseled others to do so (Cf. Matthew 6:6). I’d say the Church does its best with … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 102-107: Groups

Let’s hit up three different sizes of groups the US Bishops identified in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us as opportunities for adult faith formation. First up: families, a significant place for catechesis (102). The bishops suggest adult growth is … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 100-101: The Liturgy Approach

The US Bishops discuss the importance of liturgy as a formative element in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. Two paragraphs cover the most basic thoughts. The catechism is quoted: Sunday Eucharist remains the center of the Church’s life. (1343) … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 97-99: Approaches, Concrete and Multi-Faceted

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. With paragraph 97, they begin a discussion on Concrete Approaches to adult faith formation that will take us through paragraph 112 and the end of Part III. Remember, this … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 96: Missionary Spirit

The US Bishops offer six bullet points in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us that deal with the Missionary Spirit. No catechism reference here, just the GDC 84, 86-87. Cultivate an evangelizing spirit among all the faithful as an integral element of … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 95: Communal Life

The fifth of six areas of adult formation the US bishops explored in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us is the Communal Life. Bullet points theirs; commentary mine. Pursue personal and spiritual growth in human and Christian maturity. Cultivate the human … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 94: Prayer

The US Bishops explore adult formation on prayer in their 1999 document Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. They reminds us to look deeper in the Catechism if we wish, sections 2558 through 2865. Here are their five bullet points … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 93: Moral Formation

The US Bishops discuss moral formation in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. They remind us that the catechism section on it is huge, 1691-2557. But they also boil it down to seven bullet points: Understand how the “entire Law … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 92: Liturgical Life

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. In their part III, A Plan for Ministry, would you believe they outlined five important factors for liturgical formation? These cover the Catechism, 1066-1690 and the General Directory for … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 91: Knowledge of the Faith

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. In sections 91 through 96 they offer six categories of formation. First example, as one might expect, is Knowledge of the Faith. (See the Catechism, nos. 26-1065; General Directory for … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 88-90: Six Dimensions

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. In Part III A Plan for Ministry, the bishops outline Six Dimensions received from the General Directory for Catechesis 84-87. They quote it: The maturation of the Christian life requires … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 84-87: Four Inculturation Principles

Principles ten through thirteen look to inculturation. We begin with a quote from Pope John Paul II’s Catechesi Tradendae: “Bring the power of the Gospel into the very heart of culture and cultures.” (84) Let the gifts of culture enrich … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 81-83: Principles for Conducting Adult Faith Formation

With this post, we look at three more principles from Part III A Plan for Ministry: how to actually do it. Use the catechumenate as an inspiring model for all catechesis. (81) Respect the different learning styles and needs of … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 78-80

We’re continuing today with more Principles for Adult Faith Formation. These address planning: 4. Give adult faith formation the best of our pastoral resources and energies. (78) 5. Make adult faith formation essential and integral to the pastoral plan of … Continue reading

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