Category Archives: evangelization

EG 286: Mary the Missionary, the Mother

Mary as missionary? How so? The biblical witness: 286. Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love. She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his … Continue reading

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EG 285: Jesus’ Gift To His People

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes of Mary as “Jesus’ gift to his people.” We go to the foot of the Cross to receive that gift: 285. On the cross, when Jesus endured in his own flesh the dramatic encounter … Continue reading

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Aparacida 66 – Financial Institutions and the Environment

In paragraph 66, the bishops start with an analysis of the growing power of transnational financial institutions and companies to the detriment of the governments in Latin America. Thus development programs are at risk. Financial institutions and transnational companies are … Continue reading

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EG 284: The Mother of Evangelization

The Holy Father offers a final theme in Evangelii Gaudium, “Mary, Mother of Evangelization.” This section and the following four will bring us to a conclusion. What is Pope Francis’ idea here? Drawing traditional Marian-minded Catholics into the evangelization orbit? Expressing the … Continue reading

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EG 281-283: The Missionary Power of Intercessory Prayer

There are many types of prayer. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, mentions intercessory prayer, a form with which worshipers are quite familiar. So where and how does “missionary power” enter into the equation? This matter is treated in three short sections, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 64-65 – A Different Globalization

In the middle of this critique of a globalization based on competition and profit as ultimate values, the bishops in paragraph 64 call for a different type of globalization, which has sometimes been called a “globalization of solidarity.” Hence, faced … Continue reading

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EG 280: Trust the Spirit

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, urges us to appeal to the Holy Spirit. “Constantly” is his advice to us. 280. Keeping our missionary fervor alive calls for firm trust in the Holy Spirit, for it is he who “helps us in … Continue reading

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