Category Archives: evangelization

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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EG 279: Trust

Trust is a necessary quality for a Spirit-filled disciple. We open ourselves to a group of related principles: God is in charge; God desires good for each of us; God deserves our trust: 279. Because we do not always see … Continue reading

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Aparecida 63 – Small and Medium Businesses

The bishops in paragraph 63, note the importance of small and medium businesses. Though Catholic Social Teaching is very critical of large concentrations of land and wealth – a tradition that goes back to early fathers of the church such … Continue reading

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EG 278: Belief

As we approach the end of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis encourages believers to have faith. Such faith translates into a missionary attitude about the reign of God: 278. Faith also means believing in God, believing that he truly loves us, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 62 – Globalization and Inequalitites

In paragraph 62 the bishops continue their strong critique of globalization in its economic aspects. Pope Francis, who was responsible for chairing the committee that wrote the final version of the Aparecida document, has been criticized for his critique of … Continue reading

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EG 277: Struggle, But No Excuses

Pope Francis,in Evangelii Gaudium, acknowledges that workers can be discouraged and even get dismayed as new problems surface to thwart the Gospel of Jesus. Watchfulness is needed: do we pause longer than needful because of circumstances beyond our control? 277. … Continue reading

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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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