Category Archives: Redemptoris Missio

Redemptoris Missio 54: Guidelines For Inculturation

In this regard, certain guidelines remain basic. Properly applied, inculturation must be guided by two principles: “compatibility with the gospel and communion with the universal Church.”(Familiaris Consortio (1981) 10, which speaks of inculturation “in the context of marriage and the … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 53: Immersion and Translation

We continue an extended discussion of “Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture,” a topic for sections 52 through 54 of Redemptoris Missio. Pope John Paul II gives essential advice: Missionaries, who come from other churches and countries, must immerse themselves … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 52cde: More On Inculturation

Today, we have more on “Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture.” Inculturation, in other words. A lot has been written and spoken on this topic over the past few decades, and John Paul II gives us a lot of citations. … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 52ab: Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture

In three long sections, John Paul II discusses “Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture.” We’ve had a lengthy discussion here on liturgical inculturation in the past. The discussion widens a bit here. While many aspects of culture, especially art and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 51c: Basic Communities In Communion

In writing of “Basic Communities” or small groups, Pope John Paul II mentions the importance of being in communion. He looks to the ideal Christian community described by Saint Luke and its focus on liturgy and charity as outward signs … Continue reading

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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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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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