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Congregation for the Clergy
General Directory for Catechesis

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  • PART THREE THE PEDAGOGY OF THE FAITH
    • CHAPTER II Elements of methodology
        • Community, person and catechesis
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Community, person and catechesis

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158. Catechetical pedagogy will be effective to the extent that the Christian community becomes a point of concrete reference for the faith journey of individuals. This happens when the community is proposed as a source, locus and means of catechesis. Concretely, the community becomes a visible place of faith-witness. It provides for the formation of its members. It receives them as the family of God. It constitutes itself as the living and permanent environment for growth in the faith.(20)

Besides public and collective proclamation of the Gospel, person-to-person contact, after the example of Jesus and the Apostles, remains indispensable. In this way, personal conscience is more easily committed. The gift of the Holy Spirit comes to the subject from one living person to another. Thus, the power of persuasion becomes more effective.(21)




19) Cf. Part V Chap. 1.



20) Cf. AG 14; DCG (1971), 35; CT 24.



21) EN 46.






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