Monthly Archives: November 2017

Aparecida 278, Part 3: Discipleship

At some point a progressing Christian takes action in her or his life as a result of that encounter with Jesus and knowing the grace of conversion. Most Catholic communities and their leaders are woefully equipped to work with people … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 2: Conversion

Section 278 of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference is one of the more important passages from the Latin American and Caribbean bishops. The five aspects of discipleship are a benchmark not only for the people south of the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 278, Part 1: The Encounter With Jesus

Work on forming intentional disciples in the US–efforts from various sources–parallels much of this important description in section 278. I find it fascinating to compare with discipleship materials I’ve read from Evangelical Christians of the 70s, and various Catholic efforts … Continue reading

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A Blessed Thanksgiving

I’m not always sure what to make of the “happy” label on holidays. If we are having a “happy” thanksgiving, does it mean our parades, football, and turkey have lulled us into a collective and blissful ignorance of the impoverishment … Continue reading

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Aparecida 276-277: Formation

The process of forming disciples: this will keep our attention through section 285. 6.2 THE PROCESS OF FORMATION OF MISSIONARY DISCIPLES 276. The vocation and commitment to be disciples and missionaries of Jesus Christ today in Latin America and the … Continue reading

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This Means War

If it’s November, it means we’re on for the War on Christmas Starbucks. Just a disclaimer here: I probably drink one of their coffees about twice a year, making it unlikely I will drink out of a gay or pagan … Continue reading

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Aparecida 275: Martyrs

The Lord predicted it. Not as a soothsayer, but as one well-acquainted with human nature, and how often we resist messages uncomfortable to us and threatening to our lifestyle. 275. Our communities bear the stamp of the apostles, and they … Continue reading

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