Category Archives: evangelization

EG 234-235: The Whole Is Greater Than The Part

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, opens up the theme of “The whole is greater than the part.” My sense here is that he’s not talking (only) about economics, but just how we view our world: 234. An innate tension also exists … Continue reading

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Aparecida 56 – Cultural Diversity

Though many of us in the US may consider think of Latin Americans as all the same, the bishops at Aparecida are insistent on the cultural diversity of Latin America and the Caribbean which they as a wealth that can … Continue reading

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EG 233: Putting the Word into Practice

Evangelii Gaudium offers a motto, but I think there’s more behind the short sentence than just a clever phrase. We’ve explored this the past two days. Let’s wrap up the thought with Pope Francis today as he moves from philosophy into … Continue reading

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Aparecida 52-55: Positive Aspects of Cultural Change

The critique of cultural change with its emphasis on individualism has been strong, yet the bishops see that recent cultural changes also have some positive aspects. In paragraph 52, they write:  Among the positive aspects of this cultural change is … Continue reading

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EG 232: Ideas Serve; Reason Doesn’t Rule

Pope Francis put ideas in their place: 232. Ideas – conceptual elaborations – are at the service of communication, understanding, and praxis. The problem of applying reason alone: Ideas disconnected from realities give rise to ineffectual forms of idealism and … Continue reading

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EG 231: Realities

Pope Francis offers some commentary on the principle that “Realities are more important than ideas.” This covers sections 231-233 in Evangelii Gaudium. We’ll look at the first of those sections here: 231. There also exists a constant tension between ideas and … Continue reading

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EG 230: Harmonizing Every Diversity

Pope Francis makes his final point on unity: 230. The message of peace is not about a negotiated settlement but rather the conviction that the unity brought by the Spirit can harmonize every diversity. It overcomes every conflict by creating … Continue reading

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EG 229: Christ is Our Peace

Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 229. This principle, drawn from the Gospel, reminds us that Christ has made all things one in himself: heaven and earth, God and (people), time and eternity, flesh and spirit, person and society. The sign of … Continue reading

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EG 226-228: Unity Prevails Over Conflict

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, suggests we can’t avoid conflict, but neither can we let it master us: 226. Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced. But if we remain trapped in conflict, we lose our perspective, … Continue reading

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What You Can’t Do

America blog In All Things has a good interview with a longtime Catholic blogger Eve Tushnet. Is she one of the few still blogging? Maybe. She seems to keep up a good pace at Patheos after having trailed off from … Continue reading

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EG 224-225: On Short-Term Gains

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, wonders: 224. Sometimes I wonder if there are people in today’s world who are really concerned about generating processes of people-building, as opposed to obtaining immediate results which yield easy, quick short-term political gains, but do … Continue reading

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EG 222-223: Time Is Greater Than Space

Pope Francis offers principle number one of four, “Time Is Greater Than Space.” What does that mean? You can get a greater context online here: Evangelii Gaudium. Or we can read a section or two and discuss here: 222. A constant … Continue reading

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EG 220-221: A Culture of Encounter

Free people contribute to peace and justice by means of a commitment to a common good, and not as pawns used by various powers. Pope Francis speaks of the need for a culture, a hermeneutic if you will, of “encounter.” … Continue reading

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EG 217-219: The Common Good and Peace in Society

Let’s look at three sections of Evangelii Gaudium. In this subsection of chapter Four, we’ll start looking at “The Common Good and Peace in Society.” This topic will cover twenty-one numbered sections–that looks like about two weeks of posts. 217. We … Continue reading

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EG 215-216: Care For Creation

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, willingly embraces the concerns of those who would defend the environment: 215. There are other weak and defenseless beings who are frequently at the mercy of economic interests or indiscriminate exploitation. I am speaking of creation … Continue reading

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