World Youth Day USA Guides Stateside Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 26

faith, are agents of evangelization, and and the relationship that we have with him it would be insufficient to envisage a plan nurtured through prayer. Leaders are called to of evangelization to be carried out by be regularly engaged in these efforts (ongoing professionals while the rest of the faithful formation, witnessing to our faith) if they are would simply be passive recipients. The to model them for pilgrims. new evangelization calls for personal The parish is a regular place where leaders and involvement on the part of each of the pilgrims are both nurtured by Christ through baptized. Every Christian is challenged, the community of faith, where they can grow here and now, to be actively engaged in in Christ through the sacraments, and where evangelization; indeed, anyone who has they can encounter Christ in those around truly experienced God’s saving love does them, especially in the poor and the suffering. not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Yet leaders and pilgrims cannot remain within Christian is a missionary to the extent the comfort of the parish understood that he or she has encountered the love narrowly within its buildings. They (and any of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer Christian for that matter) need to move say that we are “disciples” and outward to others and assist them in “missionaries”, but rather that we are encountering Christ.34 Leaders and pilgrims always “missionary disciples.”33 are encouraged to look beyond their parish boundaries and buildings to find more Bringing Christ to others (as a missionary settings where their call to missionary disciple) compels one to know and live the discipleship can take root and flourish. faith. Being catechized does not simply mean knowing the faith; it means also witnessing to it Missionary disciples are sent to not only in our lives. Ongoing adult formation in the preach, but to heal (see Lk 9:2,10:9). The faith is a dynamic process that continues to world is in need of so much healing—in need take place throughout our life. of life-giving love. All the baptized can and must be bearers of love. The baptized share in Additionally, growth in faith is not done the mission of Jesus Christ as priest, prophet, alone; rather, it is the work of Christ within us and king.35 Faith is not meant to be kept to 33 34 Evangelii Gaudium, no. 120. Emphasis added. See Evangelii Gaudium, no. 121. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 10; 31; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 783-786. 35 24