Category Archives: USCCB documents

GMD 113: Inactive Catholics

They used to be called “fallen-away,” but these days they are a focus in what is called the “new” evangelization. My main problem with this section is the reliance on programs. Programs are best thought of as structures in which … Continue reading

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GMD 112: Invite

Just ask them. Ask them effectively, and I know they will come. It works. We continue with goal number two, and a twofold approach to inviting people to church. The bishops suggest very basic things for themselves: publicity that highlights … Continue reading

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GMD 111: Ministers of Evangelization

Continuing on our examination of goal number two (GMD 104-116), I’m interested in your thoughts on this. Does a specialized class of evangelization ministers doom an effort to broaden the effort of outreach to include all believers? Will the modern … Continue reading

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GMD 110: Evangelization at Special Times

Opportunity may present itself without our even heading for the streets. Sometimes people come to the Church. Are we ready to evangelize, or are we too tired? This continues a discussion on the GMD chapter (104-116) covering goal number two, … Continue reading

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GMD 109: The Baptismal Call to Evangelize

The Church speaks a lot of “vocations,” but way too often misses the mark with limiting this to priesthood, religious life, or even marriage. Another sacrament, a foundational sacrament, forms the core of the Christian vocation. Baptism. It’s everyone’s task … Continue reading

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GMD 108: Sharing Faith in Households

Family is important in the Catholic view, but does it get matched up with evangelization in the view of lay persons? The second objective of goal number two reads: To develop within families and households the capacity to share the … Continue reading

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GMD 107: Sharing Faith

Getting every believer comfortable about sharing faith: it’s a fine objective. But there are a lot of cultural challenges to this, and not just because a lot of Catholics are introverts. Fortunately, the Lord does not call us to be … Continue reading

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GMD 106: Welcoming Institutions

Readers might want to consult this chapter devoted to goal number two (GMD 104-116) at the USCCB web page. Eleven objectives are put forward. Topping the list is the desire to make the Church more welcoming through its institutions, especially … Continue reading

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GMD 104-105: The Second Goal

The bishops are audacious in their second goal, restated at the start of this chapter (GMD 104-116): To invite all people in the United States, whatever their social or cultural background, to hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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GMD 103: Cultural and Ethnic Spirituality

Let’s wrap up our long examination of objectives and strategies for that first GMD goal, enlivening faith and sharing it: To foster greater appreciation of cultural and ethnic spirituality At first glance, one might ask what this has to do … Continue reading

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GMD 102: Workplace Spirituality

Spirituality for the workplace gets a notice in the GMD chapter on enlivening faith and sharing it. “Workplace” doesn’t always translate into “corporate” in the minds of many. The exaltation of profit and the dehumanization of employees worldwide is more of a problem than … Continue reading

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GMD 101: Spirituality for the Domestic Church

Continuing along in our examination of that first GMD goal, enlivening faith and sharing it, section 101 addresses households. The strategies offered are what you might think: praying daily, home rituals, forming groups for parents. Two possible strategies struck me. The … Continue reading

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GMD 100: Small Groups

Small groups come under the watchful eye of bishops in today’s installment of GMD. For perspective, you can review that whole chapter on enlivening faith and sharing it. The tenth objective reminds us of the aim of the authentic faith-sharing group, and what … Continue reading

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GMD 99: Discipleship

“Discipleship” is an in-word today in Catholicism. I hope the acquisition for our vocabulary is more than just idle chatter. The ninth objective listed under goal number one (enthusiasm for faith leading to sharing faith with others) involves “foster(ing) a sense … Continue reading

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GMD 97: Prayer

As one of many objectives, the bishops wrote that they wish “To foster an even deeper sense of prayer among our Catholic people.” (GMD 97) Prayer seems far removed from the “action” that comes to mind with evangelization. But I … Continue reading

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