AMID THE CRISIS
OF COMMUNAL COMMITMENT
50.âBefore taking up some basic questions re-
lated to the work of evangelization, it may be
helpful to mention briefly the context in which
we all have to live and work. Today, we frequent-
ly hear of a âdiagnostic overloadâ which is not
always accompanied by improved and actually
applicable methods of treatment. Nor would we
be well served by a purely sociological analysis
which would aim to embrace all of reality by em-
ploying an allegedly neutral and clinical method.
What I would like to propose is something much
more in the line of an evangelical discernment.
It is the approach of a missionary disciple, an
approach ânourished by the light and strength of
the Holy Spiritâ.
51.âIt is not the task of the Pope to offer a de-
tailed and complete analysis of contemporary
reality, but I do exhort all the communities to
an âever watchful scrutiny of the signs of the
This is in fact a grave responsibility,
since certain present realities, unless effectively
dealt with, are capable of setting off processes
II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation
Pastores Dabo Vobis
(25 March 1992), 10: AAS 84 (1992), 673.
VI, Encyclical Letter
1964), 19: AAS 56 (1964), 609.