A Pilgrim's Catechism

The Occasional Thoughts of a 21st-Century Roman Catholic on Journey

Towards the Reign of God 

 Johann Hoffer:  The Great Commission

Who is sent?

An apostle, apostolos in Greek, is one who is sent.  All in the scripture who are apostles, who have seen the risen Lord, the first of whom are the holy women at the tomb, are sent to bring the good news to others.


In the Church, all who have received the good news of Jesus’ resurrection and of the Holy Spirit descended upon us are also sent to announce the good news.


To be a human being is to be called to accept and to grow in the very life of God.  The life of God is giving, receiving and sharing.  Everyone then who accepts the divine life offered to all, in faithfulness to that gift, must in turn share it with others.


Finally, just as all are called, so all are sent.  




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What is a human being?

A creature composed of body and soul?

Made in the image and likeness of God?

When does human life begin?

When is there a human person?

What is the fundamental human experience?

What does it mean for human beings to be responsible?

Can a human being interact with God?

Who is called?

Who is sent?

All are called but does not each individual have a special vocation?

Is faith to be found outside the Church?

Is true freedom “from” or “for?”

What does it mean, “to follow one’s conscience?”