Monthly Archives: August 2017

Aparecida 153: Life In The Sacraments

The initiation sacraments, far from being a withdrawal from the world, is a means by which God communicates to disciples and draws us into a deeper communion with the Trinity: 153. This reality becomes present in our life by the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 151-152: More On Life In the Spirit

It was a phenomenon of the New Testament Church, their experience of the Holy Spirit: 151. The Church as marked and sealed “with Holy Spirit and fire” (Mt 3:11), continues the work of the Messiah, opening the gates of salvation … Continue reading

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Aparecida 149-150: Enlivened By The Holy Spirit

The fourth and final theme of Chapter Four, the call to holiness, “Enlivened by the Holy Spirit.” Christians, and sometimes Catholics in particular, are mystified by the role of the Spirit. Saint Luke’s is the most illustrative of the Gospels, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 147-148: The Invitation To Holiness

With these two paragraphs, we draw this modest exploration of the Reign of God and the missionary emphasis of those who consider themselves as disciples of Jesus. First, a reminder that in the Lord’s example, he went everywhere, to anyone, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 145-146: On Christian Humanism

The mission of Christ cannot be reduced to something bottled and sold, like a commodity: 145. When awareness of belonging to Christ grows by reason of the gratitude and joy that it produces, the eagerness to communicate the gift of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 143-144: Sent To Announce the Gospel of the Kingdom of Life

Sections 143-148 address the third topic of the fourth chapter, “Sent To Announce The Gospel Of The Kingdom Of Life.” The bishops aren’t talking about biological life as such. They are discussing a new system in which God sets the path, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis On Liturgy

I saw this link introduced at PrayTell, on an address on liturgy by the Holy Father at a conference on liturgy. Pope Francis said, “there is still work to do in this direction, in particular rediscovering the reasons for the … Continue reading

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