World Youth Day USA Guides International Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 21

involvement on the part of each of the The parish is a regular place where leaders and baptized. Every Christian is challenged, pilgrims are both nurtured by Christ through here and now, to be actively engaged in the community of faith, where they can grow evangelization; indeed, anyone who has in Christ through the sacraments, and where truly experienced God’s saving love does they can encounter Christ in those around not need much time or lengthy training to them, especially in the poor and the suffering. go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent Yet leaders and pilgrims cannot remain within that he or she has encountered the love the comfort of the parish understood of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer narrowly within its buildings. They (and any say that we are “disciples” and Christian for that matter) need to move “missionaries”, but rather that we are outward to others and assist them in always “missionary disciples”.24 encountering Christ.25 Leaders and pilgrims are encouraged to look beyond their parish Bringing Christ to others (as a missionary boundaries and buildings to find more disciple) compels one to know and live the settings where their call to missionary faith. Being catechized does not simply mean discipleship can take root and flourish. knowing the faith; it means also witnessing to it in our lives. Ongoing adult formation in the Missionary disciples are sent to not only faith is a dynamic process that continues to preach, but to heal (see Lk 9:2,10:9). The take place throughout our life. world is in need of so much healing – in need of life-giving love. All the baptized can and Additionally, growth in faith is not done must be bearers of love. The baptized share in alone; rather, it is the work of Christ within us the mission of Jesus Christ as priest, prophet, and the relationship that we have with him and king.26 Faith is not meant to be kept to nurtured through prayer, the sacramental life, oneself or locked in church; instead, it is and our witness and service. Leaders are called meant to be compassionately shared with all. to be regularly engaged in these efforts Good leaders embrace their role to heal the (ongoing formation, witnessing to our faith) if woundedness of the pilgrims in their care. they are to model this for pilgrims. 24 25 Evangelii Gaudium, no. 120. Emphasis added. See Evangelii Gaudium, no. 121. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 10; 31; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 783-786. 26 19