Third day of the General Chapter – September 5, 2013

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The work of the Chapter on the 5th of September began with the celebration of the Eucharist, led by Fr. Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.. The Gospel of the day was a call to us to caste our nets out into the deep.  In the morning session, Fr. Miceal O'Neill and Fr. Francisco de Sales Alencar, O.Carm. gave a powerpoint presentation on the Chapter process and a summary of the responses from the provinces, commissariats and delegations to the questions contained in the instrumentum laboris. 

In the second session, Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, offered the first of the Chapter reflections on the topic, "The Joy of the Good News: In a world that Cries a Word of Hope and Salvation". In his exposition he stated dealt 1) "Evangelization is first of all the proclamation of the person of Jesus Christ .... The personal encounter with Jesus Christ is the goal and purpose of the proclamation of the Gospel" 2) "Mission and evangelization find their Source in the mystery of God's self, in God, One and Three, in the God of Love" (cf. 1Jn 4,8.16). 3) Jesus Christ is the center of history, the definitive Word of the Father, the Savior of all humankind. Christianity can never depart from its unitary vision of history without also losing its universal message of salvation". 4) The Church is the universal sacrament of salvation, "All who live in Christ are "included" as part of his mediation. To receive everything from Christ is also to transmit it and make it known".

When it came to the time for questions, other topics came into play, such as 5) The evangelization of culture and 6) Human development. The synthesis between culture and faith is not only a demand of culture but also of faith. Faith that does not become a culture is faith that has not been fully received, considered, or lived. Human development is a logical consequence of evangelization. To see it in opposition to the plan of God would be a distortion. This of course is a great challenge for the evangelizing mission of the Church.

In the evening sessions the members worked in linguistic groups on questions that the speaker offered for reflection: 1) How have you experienced the joy of evangelization? 2) How do the different missions of Carmelites fit into the mission of the Church to proclaim Jesus Christ? After the group work the members met in general assembly to hear what each group had to say. The day ended with Eucharistic Adoration.