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Friday, June 06, 2014

The principal proclamation

As the foundation of anything else I should ever tell my family:

On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: “Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you.” This first proclamation is called “first” not because it exists at the beginning and can then be forgotten or replaced by other more important things. It is first in a qualitative sense because it is the principalproclamation, the one which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment.

Just another piece of dynamite from the Joy of the Gospel. He later writes about catechesis as accompanying someone, and that is precisely, par excellence, what I should be doing with my family: accompanying them while they, too, teach me about the love of God in Jesus Christ.

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