Category Archives: Guest Writers

Aparecida 4-5: A Bit of History and Inculturation

The bishops at Aparecida looked at the coming of the Gospel to the Americas and the ongoing evangelization with what I think are somewhat rose-colored glasses. In paragraph 4, the bishops see the openness to the Gospel, rooted in the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 2-3: Notes of Gratitude

2. We were joyfully gathered together with the Successor of Peter, Head of the College of Bishops. His Holiness Benedict XVI has confirmed us in the primacy of faith in God, in his truth and love, for the good of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 1: Evangelization, Plus a Dedication to Mary

In the first paragraph, the bishops recall the purpose of their meeting: We have done so as pastors who want to continue to advance the evangelizing action of the Church, which is called to make all its members disciples and … Continue reading

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The Methodology of the Aparecida Document: See – Judge – Act

The methodology used in the Aparecida document has its roots in Belgium, where Father (later Cardinal) Joseph Cardijn of Belgium founded the Young Trade Unionists in 1919 (which became the Young Christian Workers in 1924). The methodology which he used … Continue reading

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The Context of the Aparecida Document

In May 2007, the bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean met at the shrine of the Virgin of Aparecida in Brazil for their fifth general conference. The Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM) began in the 1950s with the first … Continue reading

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Liturgy, incarnation, and other messes of love

So here I am posting daily here at Catholic Sensibility, which is such a liturgy blog, and I have said so little about liturgy. I’m in way over my head talking about liturgy on these pages! Make no mistake, I … Continue reading

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Meredith Gould on Church Social Media

Recently I had the chance to interview Meredith Gould, author of numerous books, the most recent being, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. I wanted to talk to Meredith about #chsocm, or church social media, … Continue reading

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Preach the Gospel at All Times, If Necessary Use Twitter

I first encountered Meredith Gould in 2007, in the comment boxes at Fr. Austin Fleming’s blog, A Concord Pastor Comments. Call it profiling, but I was pretty sure that Meredith was Jewish, yet she appeared to be Catholic. I am … Continue reading

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Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit

Let me begin by saying, I’m not much of a Latin scholar. Clarification – I am no Latin scholar. Although I remember how much I loved my little missalette in Latin and in English, as a child, always ready to … Continue reading

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The Great “I Want”

Imagine if we truly listened to this particular commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.-Exodus 20:17 … Continue reading

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Martha or Mary?

(Today I offer you my first guest post. I am grateful and quite humbled to be hosting Catholic Sensibility this week.) Last week someone mentioned to me that they dreaded this weekend because they could not bear to hear another … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marcella Pattyn

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us a look into someone who was the last of a unique group of women that began in the Middle Ages. During the 12th century, groups of women began to form for common life; … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Judith Fenvyesi

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us insight into a very worthy woman. Imagine that you are born in a place that sometimes belongs to one country, Romania, but at other times belongs to another country, Hungary. Imagine that you … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12a

(This is Fran’s contribution, who blogs here and here.) This well-known and well-loved passage seems to be rarely chosen for a funeral Gospel in my experience. I’m not really sure why that is. The words paint a very clear picture … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mother Mary MacKillop

As the Fortnight for Freedom continues, so does our series looking at the freedoms and trials of various women. My good friend Rae Reilly generously offered to write an essay. Given her recent sojourn Down Under, the choice of saint seemed a natural. … Continue reading

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