Category Archives: evangelization

EG 276: The Power of the Resurrection

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, offers a reflection on the Resurrection and how it contrasts with a world which, at times, seems dead: 276. Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated … Continue reading

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Aparecida 61 – The Economic Dimension of Globalization

The bishops recognize in paragraph 61 that globalization is multi-faceted, but its economic dimension is the most apparent. They also note that globalization should not be either totally dismissed or totally embraced; careful and nuanced analysis is needed. Globalization is … Continue reading

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EG 275: The Mysterious Working Of The Risen Christ And His Spirit

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, looks at the third topic (EG 275-280) within his fifth and final chapter on Spirit-filled evangelizers, “The mysterious working of the risen Christ and his Spirit.” He strongly condemns the pessimism of our age as a denial … Continue reading

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EG 274: Worthiness In Reflecting God’s Glory

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, suggests we have much to look to when we look outside of ourselves, noticing God’s hand in all persons: 274. If we are to share our lives with others and generously give of ourselves, we also … Continue reading

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EG 273: With Soul

Pope Francis offers a personal testimony here: 273. My mission of being in the heart of the people is not just a part of my life or a badge I can take off; it is not an “extra” or just … Continue reading

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EG 272: Loving Others

To whom can we turn to give witness to the power of love? Not Huey Lewis, but Saint John and Pope Benedict XVI: 272. Loving others is a spiritual force drawing us to union with God; indeed, one who does … Continue reading

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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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A Better Dismissal?

There is another PrayTell discussion that interested me. Topic: sending people forth for justice. I think perhaps the discussion could be widened to sending people out for discipleship. Until I read that piece and its comments, I was generally satisfied … 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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