Aparecida 261: Piety Appeals To the Believer’s Affect

Some look with less regard on the connections of faith to the emotional life of human beings. I think that disregard is an error. We are created as beings not only of intellect, but also of feelings. Emotions can allow a person a deeper experience in faith.

261. Popular piety delicately permeates the personal existence of each believer, and even though he or she lives in a multitude, it is not a “mass spirituality.” At different moments of daily struggle, many go back to some small sign of God’s love: a crucifix, a rosary, a candle lit to accompany a child in his or her illness, an Our Father murmured amidst tears, a tender glance at a beloved image of Mary, or a smile directed toward heaven in the midst of a simple joy.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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