Category Archives: evangelization

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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EG 214: Unchanging, But Accompanying

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium offers no hope the Church will alter its position on abortion as an evil: 214. Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected … Continue reading

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EG 213: Defending The Unborn

Pope Francis, in this section of Evangelii Gaudium places himself squarely in the pro-life camp. Worth thinking about: why he gets the ear of so many people in spite of that. 213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care … Continue reading

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EG 211-212: Human Trafficking And Other Matters Of Injustice

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium speaks about slavery, both the explicit sort that seems to be roundly condemned across the board, yet it still happens: 211. I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds … Continue reading

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EG 209-210: Concern For The Vulnerable

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, addresses “Concern for the vulnerable” in numbers 209 through 216. These eight sections, by the way, will wrap up his examination of “The Inclusion of the Poor in Society” (186-216) in the larger chapter (EG 176-258) covering … Continue reading

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EG 207-208: Final Words on Economy and Distribution

Pope Francis offers two final thoughts on “The economy and the distribution of income.” The first is for the Church: 207. Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in … Continue reading

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EG 206: Economy As An Art

Pope Francis reminds us that there is a wide meaning to that vocabulary word. There’s an artistic sense in making do with a minimal amount and creating something more than the sum of parts. These days, too many people think … Continue reading

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EG 205: The Vocation of a Politician

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium prays for capable politicians. Do we need that! 205. I ask God to give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots – and not simply the appearances – of … Continue reading

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EG 204: New Poisons

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis singles out some notions for criticism: 204. We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it … Continue reading

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