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EG 242-243: Dialogue Between Faith, Reason, And Science

Evangelii Gaudium looks at the “Dialogue between faith, reason and science.” It will be just these two sections. Instead of the adversarial approach between religion and science so often celebrated in our culture, Pope Francis suggests we look at a synthesis … Continue reading

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EG 240-241: Dialogue With the State

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes the role of the state: 240. It is the responsibility of the State to safeguard and promote the common good of society.[Cf. CCC 1910; Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Compendium of the Social Doctrine … Continue reading

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EG 238-239: Social Dialogue As A Contribution To Peace

With this post, we turn to section IV of Chapter Four in Evangelii Gaudium, “Social Dialogue as a Contribution to Peace.” Three partners in dialogue are suggested: politics, culture, and non-Catholics. It’s not a Pope Francis idea here; the originator is Pope … Continue reading

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EG 236-237: A New Geometry

Evangelii Gaudium presents a geometry of relationships: 236. Here our model is not the sphere, which is no greater than its parts, where every point is equidistant from the centre, and there are no differences between them. Instead, it is the … Continue reading

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EG 234-235: The Whole Is Greater Than The Part

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, opens up the theme of “The whole is greater than the part.” My sense here is that he’s not talking (only) about economics, but just how we view our world: 234. An innate tension also exists … Continue reading

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EG 233: Putting the Word into Practice

Evangelii Gaudium offers a motto, but I think there’s more behind the short sentence than just a clever phrase. We’ve explored this the past two days. Let’s wrap up the thought with Pope Francis today as he moves from philosophy into … Continue reading

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EG 232: Ideas Serve; Reason Doesn’t Rule

Pope Francis put ideas in their place: 232. Ideas – conceptual elaborations – are at the service of communication, understanding, and praxis. The problem of applying reason alone: Ideas disconnected from realities give rise to ineffectual forms of idealism and … Continue reading

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EG 231: Realities

Pope Francis offers some commentary on the principle that “Realities are more important than ideas.” This covers sections 231-233 in Evangelii Gaudium. We’ll look at the first of those sections here: 231. There also exists a constant tension between ideas and … Continue reading

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EG 230: Harmonizing Every Diversity

Pope Francis makes his final point on unity: 230. The message of peace is not about a negotiated settlement but rather the conviction that the unity brought by the Spirit can harmonize every diversity. It overcomes every conflict by creating … Continue reading

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EG 229: Christ is Our Peace

Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium 229. This principle, drawn from the Gospel, reminds us that Christ has made all things one in himself: heaven and earth, God and (people), time and eternity, flesh and spirit, person and society. The sign of … Continue reading

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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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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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