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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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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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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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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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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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