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Synod for the Amazon: ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ released – Life in the Amazon is threatened by environmental destruction and exploitation, by the systematic violation of the fundamental human rights of the Amazon population

Synod for the Amazon: ‘Instrumentum Laboris’ released – Life in the Amazon is threatened by environmental destruction and exploitation, by the systematic violation of the fundamental human rights of the Amazon population

SYNOD OF BISHOPS
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XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH
AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT

 

INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS

 

Vatican City

2018

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ABBREVIATIONS

PRESENTATION

INTRODUCTION
Synod Purposes
Discernment Method
Text Structure

PART I
RECOGNIZING:
THE CHURCH LISTENS TO REALITY

Chapter I. Being young today
A Multifaceted Variety of Contexts
Facing Globalization
The Role of Families
Intergenerational Relationships
Life Choices
Education, School and University
Jobs and Professions
Young People, Faiths and Religions

Chapter II. Experiences and Types of Language
Social Engagement and Participation
Spirituality and Religiosity
Young People in the Life of the Church
The Ubiquitousness of the Digital Continent
Music and Other Forms of Artistic Expression
The World of Sports

Chapter III. In the Throwaway Culture
The Issue of Work
Young Migrants
The Various Forms of Discrimination
Sickness, Suffering and Exclusion

Chapter IV. Anthropological and Cultural Challenges
Body, Affectivity and Sexuality
New Inquiring Paradigms and the Search for Truth
The Anthropological Effects of the Digital World
Disaffection with Institutions and New Forms of Participation
A Decision-making Paralysis in an Overproliferation of Proposals
Beyond Secularization

Chapter V. Listening to Young People
The Hard Work of Listening
Wishing for an “Authentic Church”
A “More Relational Church”
A Community “Committed to Justice”
The Word of Seminarians and Young Men and Women Religious 

PART II
INTERPRETING:
FAITH AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT

Chapter I. The Blessing of Youth
Christ, “a Young Man Among Young People”
The Universal Call to the Joy of Love
Physical Strength, Spiritual Fortitude and the Courage to Take Risks
Uncertainty, Fear and Hope
Falling, Repenting and Welcoming
The Willingness to Listen and the Need for Accompaniment
Maturation of Faith and the Gift of Discernment
Life Plan and Vocational Dynamics

Chapter II. Vocation in the Light of Faith
Human Life in the Vocational Horizon

Called in Christ 
To Go Out of Our Own Selves
Towards the Fullness of Joy and Love

The Vocation to Follow Jesus

The Baptismal Vocation
The Call of the Apostles
The Vocation of the Church and Vocations in the Church
The Different Vocational Paths
The Family
The Ordained Ministry
Consecrated Life
Profession and Vocation
The Unprecedented Situation of Single People

Chapter III.  The Dynamism of Vocational Discernment
The Request for Discernment
Discernment in Plain Language and in Christian Tradition
The Proposal of Vocational Discernment
Recognizing, Interpreting, Choosing
The Role of Our Conscience
Facing Reality

Chapter IV. The Art of Accompanying
“Accompaniment” Can Be Said in Many Ways

Spiritual Accompaniment
Psychological Accompaniment
Accompaniment and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Family, Formative and Social Accompaniment
Accompaniment in Reading the Signs of the Times
Accompaniment in Everyday Life and in Ecclesial Communities

The Qualities of Mentors
The Accompaniment of Seminarians and Young Consecrated Persons 

PART III
CHOOSING:
PATHS OF PASTORAL AND MISSIONARY CONVERSION

Chapter I. An Integral Perspective
Discernment as the Style of an Outgoing Church
God’s People in a Fragmented World
A Generative Church

Chapter II. Deep Into the Fabric of Our Daily Lives
Accompaniment in Schools and Universities

The Need for an Integral Outlook and Formation
The Specificity and Richness of Catholic Schools and Universities

The Economy, Work and our Common Home

Searching for New Development Models
Work and Technological Innovation
Working Together to Create Jobs for All

Inside the Texture of Youth Culture

Formation for Active Citizenship and Politics
Learning to Inhabit the Digital World
Music between Interiority and the Affirmation of Identity
Sports and Competition
Friendship and Peer Accompaniment

Closeness and Support in Situations of Discomfort and Marginalization

Disability and Sickness
Addictions and Other Fragilities
With Young Detainees
In Situations of War and Violence
Young Migrants and the Culture of Hospitality
Facing Death

Accompaniment and Proclamation

Chapter III. An Evangelized and Evangelizing Community
An Evangelical Vision of Christian Community
A Family Experience of the Church
Pastoral Care for Younger Generations
The Family, A Key Player in Education
Listening and Dialogue with the Lord
At the School of God’s Word
The Enjoyment and Beauty of the Liturgy
Nourishing Faith through Catechesis
Accompanying Young People Towards the Free Gift of Self
An Open and Welcoming Community for All

Chapter IV. The Animation and Organization of Pastoral Care
Youth Protagonism
The Church in the Local Communities
The Contribution of Consecrated Life
Associations and Movements
Civil, Social and Religious Networking and Collaboration
Pastoral Planning
The Relationship Between Extraordinary Events and Everyday Life
Towards an Integrated Pastoral Care
Seminaries and Houses of Formation

CONCLUSION
The Universal Vocation to Holiness
Youth, a Time for Holiness
Young Saints and Saints’ Youth

PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD

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