Road to Emmaus
Terminology: Accompaniment, Assent, and Relationship
Of late there has been an intense reflection in the Church on “accompaniment.” I haven’t noticed a triggeredreaction by many to the word, but rather I see people wanting clarification as to what that accompaniment actually involves. For those unaware, this term “accompaniment” is applied to people who find themselves outside of communion with the Church for various reasons. The idea is that people within the Church do not merely say: “Go clean yourself and then come back to me, then I’ll be ready to love you.” Rather, people are willing to build and foster relationships wherever the person currently is in their relationship to Christ and the Church.
I believe “accompaniment” is a good term that the Church has been using to discuss what might be referred at times to as pre-evangelization. The Church does have a mission…
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