FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
May 10, 2014
Amazing! What Pope Francis says is exactly what is happening with our work of LCSC.
First, evangelization proceeds from an encounter with Christ. Yes, as we have said, the first step is to meet Christ.
Second, the Church’s evangelizing efforts must reach everyone. Yes, the intent is to reach all lapsed Catholics, in a relatively short period of time. From there, the Church’s missio ad gentes will be strengthened, enabling the missionary Church to reach everyone else.
Third, evangelization is by the power of the Spirit. Yes, we look to the methodology of Pentecost. We look to charismatic spirituality, the spirituality of the early Church, intended for worldwide evangelization. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Fourth, the Spirit allows us to find new ways, new creative methods, various forms for the evangelization of the current world. Yes, LCSC is a lay response to the call to the New Evangelization. It recognizes the necessity of focusing on the first step in evangelization, the proclamation of the gospel. It has a larger vision for the Church, looking not only to lapsed Catholics but also to the youth and to the poor.
Finally, it must reach the poor, with preferential love for the poor. LCSC is ultimately aimed at the grassroots, bringing the gospel right where the poor people are. Further, one of its four pillars is doing massive work of building communities among the poor, through the No One in Need movement.
Once again, Pope Francis has spoken. Now we just need to act.
Evangelize everyone, with preferential love for the poor, says Pope
In a May 9 audience with staff of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Pope Francis said that evangelization proceeds from an encounter with Christ and that the Church’s evangelizing efforts must reach everyone.
“To evangelize, in this time of great social transformation, requires a missionary Church,” he said. “For a world in transformation we need a Church renewed and transformed by contemplation and personal contact with Christ, by the power of the Spirit. It is the Spirit of Christ, the font of renewal, who makes us find new ways, new creative methods, various forms of expression for the evangelization of the current world.”
Evangelization is “called to reach everyone,” and its point of departure is “the last, the poor,”Pope Francis continued. “The Church is the people of the Beatitudes, the home of the poor, the afflicted, the excluded and persecuted, of those who hunger and thirst for justice.”
The Pope called upon those assembled to work “with preferential love for the poor, keeping the doors of the Church open.”
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