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"And he said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’” Mk 4:30-32
Our mission as active Christian disciples is to faithfully live out our baptismal call and be mindful of our duty and responsibility to bring others into the Kingdom of God. At the core of our mission is prudently draw people into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. We must never forget that the end result of our ministerial efforts is the Salvation of the Soul.
Qualities of an Adult Faith Formation Program
Baptismal catechesis serves as the first step to foster a deep intimate union with Jesus Christ. As many of us know, our journey to Christ can take many directions which can be both challenging and joyful. Our various life experiences help forge a central aspect of our faith and in turn serve as a guide to proclaim the Gospel. At the heart of this faith is Jesus Christ Himself whose Paschal Mystery sets the stage for our own relationship with Him.
An important point in our journey to Christ rests in our constant hope in Him. Hope rests in our trusts in God’s plan for our salvation intimately united to His Son. St. John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation Catechesis In Our Time reminded us that;
"...The definitive aim of all catechesis (i.e. Catholic instruction and formation) is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ; only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and makes us share in the life of the Holy Trinity." (n. 5)
"The challenge of responding to these many needs and opportunities creates a vast pastoral agenda for the Catholic Church. Disciples young and old are called by name to go into the vineyard. In responding to this call, adults 'have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.' Their formation in faith is essential for the Church to carry out its mandate to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the world. Effective adult formation is necessary to 'equip the holy ones for the work of ministry.'" - OHWB, 38*
*Our Heart Were Burning Within Us
**Adult Catechesis In the Christian Community
Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
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