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Principals from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (2013)

A Church Which Goes Forth: Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission (25) Evangelization is the task of the Church (111)

An Essential Renewal Which Cannot be Deferred: I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. (27)

The Parish: The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities theparish encourages and trains its members to beevangelizers. It is a community of communities, asanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in themidst of their journey, and a center of constantmissionary outreach.

Temptations:

  • Yes to the challenge of Missionary Spirituality (78)
  • No to Selfishness and Spiritual Sloth (81)
  • No to A Sterile Pessimism (84)
  • Yes to the New Relationships Brought by Christ (87)
  • No to Spiritual Worldliness (93)
  • No to Warring Among Ourselves (98)

Challenges exist to be overcome! Let us be realists, but without losing our joy, our boldness and our hope filled commitment. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary vigor! (109)

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