129. We should not think, however, that the
Gospel message must always be communicated
by fixed formulations learned by heart or by spe-
cific words which express an absolutely invari-
able content. This communication takes place
in so many different ways that it would be im-
possible to describe or catalogue them all, and
God’s people, with all their many gestures and
signs, are its collective subject. If the Gospel is
embedded in a culture, the message is no longer
transmitted solely from person to person. In
countries where Christianity is a minority, then,
along with encouraging each of the baptized to
proclaim the Gospel, particular Churches should
actively promote at least preliminary forms of
inculturation. The ultimate aim should be that
the Gospel, as preached in categories proper to
each culture, will create a new synthesis with that
particular culture. This is always a slow process
and at we can be overly fearful. But if we allow
doubts and fears to dampen our courage, instead
of being creative we will remain comfortable and
make no progress whatsoever. In this case we
will not take an active part in historical processes,
but become mere onlookers as the Church grad-
ually stagnates.
Charisms at the service of a communion which evangelizes
130. The Holy Spirit also enriches the entire
evangelizing Church with different charisms.
These gifts are meant to renew and build up the
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