Stewardship: Caring for God’s Creation – Gaudium Evangelii: Chapter 1

“The Church which goes forth is a communityof missionary disciples who takethe first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first, and therefore, we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. Such a community has an endless desire to show mercy…

An evangelizing community gets involved by word and deed in people’s lives; it bridges distances; it is willing to abase itself if necessary, and it embraces human life, touching the suffering Christ in others. Evangelizers thus take on the ‘smell of the sheep’ and the sheep are willing to hear their voice. An evangelizing community is also supportive, standing by people at every step of the way, no matter how difficult or lengthy this may prove to be…

The disciple is ready to put his or her whole life on the line, even to accepting martyrdom, in bearing witness to Jesus Christ…”

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