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February 19, 2021, by Colleen Campbell, Catholic News Service
In his 2013 apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis spoke of his dream for a "missionary option" (No. 27). To Pope Francis, this "option" is a new order of priorities in the everyday reality of ministry within the life of the church that moves from an outlook of self-preservation to evangelization. What might this missionary option mean for us this Lent? The pope's greatest dream is that we are a Church that does not stop to navel gaze. Instead, he envisions a community that "seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: 'We have always done it this way'" (No. 33). Pope Francis notes that this option does not look like small changes, like the…


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