Category Archives: Evangelii Gaudium

EG 271: Making a Good Impression

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, offers a raft of Scriptures that contradict the conservative Catholic narrative that people should look at the virtuous as if they’re from another planet. Like we shouldn’t make a good impression at all. Which, don’t you … Continue reading

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EG 270: Wounds Close To Us

Today, let’s read a brief, but very significant commentary: 270. Sometimes we are tempted to be that kind of Christian who keeps the Lord’s wounds at arm’s length. Yet Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh … Continue reading

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EG 269: Finding Joy and Meaning in Evangelization

Extroverts, introverts, or whomever. How do we evangelize? To whom can we look for a model, other than a tele-preacher, of course? If we are looking to get to the heart, and not just the mind, then we all know … Continue reading

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EG 268: The Spiritual Savor Of Being A People

In the next few sections, Pope Francis looks at the second of four topics within the theme of “spirit-filled evangelizers,” namely the spiritual savor of being a people. 268. The word of God also invites us to recognise that we are … Continue reading

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EG 267: For the Greater Glory

It shouldn’t be a surprise that a Jesuit writes of the “greater glory.” The canticle of evening prayer (Ephesians 1:3-10) reminds us of God’s motivation to save us through Christ, and our response of praise to God is part of … Continue reading

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EG 266: A Richer Life in Christ

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, touts the importance of continuing and maintaining a personal relationship with Christ. How else can any individual hope to sustain credibility and energy? 266. But this conviction has to be sustained by our own constantly renewed … Continue reading

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EG 265: A Missionary’s Enthusiasm

How can we develop and maintain the enthusiasm Pope Francis sees as very necessary tot he missionary impulse? In typical Ignatian fashion, we are invited to encounter Jesus. In this Jesus, we find friendship and love not only with him, … Continue reading

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EG 264: Personal Encounter With The Saving Love Of Jesus

Pope Francis turns our gaze to a “Personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus” in Evangelii Gaudium 264-267. He begins with a classically Ignatian stance. God has loved me and saved me, so how do I respond? Many people, when in … Continue reading

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EG 263: Evangelization Today Not Harder But Different

Pope Francis is not too concerned with the modern environment for sharing and urging people to the faith. Saints of history, especially during the Roman Empire, might actually have had a tougher go of it: 263. We do well to … Continue reading

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EG 262: A Renewed Missionary Impulse

Pope Francis,  giving “Reasons for a Renewed Missionary Impulse” in Evangelii Gaudium, suggests a believer pray and work. He begins by making a very audacious statement: 262. Spirit-filled evangelizers are evangelizers who pray and work. Mystical notions without a solid social … Continue reading

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EG 259-261: Spirit-Filled Evangelizers

Let’s begin the fifth chapter of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, and let’s take up the topic of “Spirit-filled evangelizers. 259. Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles … Continue reading

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EG 257-258: The Social Message is Inescapable

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the important relationship between Christians and those outside of religious faith who share convictions for various human endeavors: 257. As believers, we also feel close to those who do not consider themselves part of … Continue reading

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EG 256: Challenges To Religion

In our second of three posts to look at religious freedom in Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis criticizes those who wrongly assume all people of faith, even all people of the same faith, are alike. 256. When considering the effect of religion … Continue reading

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EG 255: Social Dialogue In A Context Of Religious Freedom

“Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom” is our topic for the next four sections (255-258). Let’s keep in mind that the world’s bishops and Pope Francis have a wider view of religious freedom. For many Christians around the … Continue reading

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EG 254: God Working With Non-Christians

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, speaks of the “justification” of non-Christians. Do you buy it? 254. Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”,[International Theological Commission, Christianity and … Continue reading

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