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Synodality – A Theological Glossary (Part 2)


‘Apostolate’ offers the opportunity to ask, address and articulate the vision for mission which the church is called to adopt and act upon. Apostolate is an assurance that the church does not become absorbed in its own issues and even interests, only looking at its life ad intra. This involves the danger described by Henri Nouwen as ‘“spiritualising” spirituality’, available to all those ‘who have the luxury of the time and space needed to develop inner harmony and quietude’, adding that the awareness of ‘living as Christians in our contemporary world, with an open eye and an open heart for the real problems of people, challenges us to break out of our individualism and elitism and start listening to the Bible with new ears’.

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