“Pastoral ministry in a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed. When we adopt a pastoral goal and a missionary style which would actually reach everyone without exception or exclusion, the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on which is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary. The message is simplified, while losing none of its depth and truth, and thus becomes all the more forceful and convincing.” (35)
Thoughts for the day: pastoral ministry in a missionary style is first and foremost about preaching Jesus. His love, mercy and forgiveness for us. Effective preaching must be simple. This preaching loses none of it great depth and truth. Pope Francis is calling the Church to proclaim in a new and more powerful way that Jesus is the good news.