Aparecida 383: Signs of the Reign of God

It may be a bit fitting to commence the season of Easter with a discussion on the Reign of God. This Kingdom, Reign, Rule, Heaven, seems to be a paradox for us. We want it and we work for it, yet our sins betray and sabotage it even in our most virtuous accomplishments on its behalf. This sad mystery: how do we comprehend it?

The Reign of God is today, and it is also not-yet. Where we stumble may be the location of not-yet. The Aparecida bishops give a list of where we might experience it in the here and now:

383. Evident signs of the presence of the Kingdom are:

  • living the beatitudes personally and in community;
  • the evangelization of the poor;
  • knowing and doing the will of the Father;
  • martyrdom for the faith;
  • access of all to the goods of creation;
  • sincere, fraternal, mutual forgiveness;
  • accepting and respecting the richness of pluralism;
  • and the struggle not to succumb to temptation and to not be slaves of evil.

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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