Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 278, Part 2: Conversion

Section 278 of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference is one of the more important passages from the Latin American and Caribbean bishops. The five aspects of discipleship are a benchmark not only for the people south of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 1: The Encounter With Jesus

Work on forming intentional disciples in the US–efforts from various sources–parallels much of this important description in section 278. I find it fascinating to compare with discipleship materials I’ve read from Evangelical Christians of the 70s, and various Catholic efforts … Continue reading

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Aparecida 276-277: Formation

The process of forming disciples: this will keep our attention through section 285. 6.2 THE PROCESS OF FORMATION OF MISSIONARY DISCIPLES 276. The vocation and commitment to be disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ today in Latin America and the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 275: Martyrs

The Lord predicted it. Not as a soothsayer, but as one well-acquainted with human nature, and how often we resist messages uncomfortable to us and threatening to our lifestyle. 275. Our communities bear the stamp of the apostles, and they … Continue reading

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Aparecida 273-274: The Apostles and Saint Joseph

The New Testament gives us other examples of discipleship. Most notably, the apostles: those who were among the first followers of the Lord, who heard the Master speak directly of going into the entire world and furthering his mission. 273. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 272: A Motherly Dimension

272. With her eyes on her children in their needs as at Cana of Galilee, Mary helps keep alive attitudes of attention, service, commitment, and selfless generosity that should distinguish the disciples of her Son. She also indicates what pedagogy … Continue reading

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Aparecida 271: Mary and the Word

Two recent popes underscore the connection of Mary with the Word of God. 271. She who “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51), teaches us the primacy of listening to the Word in … Continue reading

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