Monthly Archives: June 2018

GeE 85: Love From The Heart

Today, a brief reflection from the apostle on the fruitlessness of acts that lack love: 85. Certainly there can be no love without works of love, but this Beatitude reminds us that the Lord expects a commitment to our brothers … Continue reading

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Aparecida 458: Pastoral Proposals For Women

The Aparecida bishops offered four proposals for women in Latin America and the Caribbean. Given the pushback with “emangelization” in the north, some of this may be seen as overkill. But the experience of #metoo is no less real in … Continue reading

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GeE 83-84: Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” How does Pope Francis define purity of heart? 83. This Beatitude speaks of those whose hearts are simple, pure and undefiled, for a heart capable of love admits nothing … Continue reading

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Aparecida 457: Complementarity

Women are partners with men in the tasks of the sacred and secular realms. 457. The wisdom of God’s plan demands that we foster the development of their female identity in reciprocity and complementarity with the identity of men. This … Continue reading

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Which Of the Six?

Commenting here, Liam wondered where this news falls on the scale of the six. I don’t know if that’s a direct invitation to comment. But seeing as I’ve offered no commentary outside of documents for a week or two, I’ll … Continue reading

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GeE 82: An Army Of The Forgiven

82. Jesus does not say, “Blessed are those who plot revenge”. He calls “blessed” those who forgive and do so “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22). We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. By forgiving others, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 456: Motherhood

A brief reflection on motherhood in context of home, society, education, and especially faith: 456. Motherhood must be valued as a superb mission of women. It is not in opposition to their professional development and the exercise of all their … Continue reading

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GeE 81: Merciful, As The Father Is Merciful

81. Giving and forgiving means reproducing in our lives some small measure of God’s perfection, which gives and forgives superabundantly. For this reason, in the Gospel of Luke we do not hear the words, “Be perfect” (Mt 5:48), but rather, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 453-455: Offenses Against Women

453. We regret that countless women of every condition are not valued in their dignity, are often alone and abandoned, and do not receive sufficient acknowledgement for their dedicated sacrifice and even heroic generosity in the care and education of … Continue reading

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GeE 80: Blessed Are The Merciful

Do you suppose the fifth Beatitude is a favorite of the Holy Father? He suggests mercy is a matter of both kindly action as well as an attitude toward others. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” 80. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 451-452: The Dignity and Participation of Women

A few paragraphs on “The Dignity And Participation Of Women.” The Aparecida bishops begin with the Gospel witness to women: 451. Christian anthropology highlights the equal dignity of man and woman by reason of being created in the image and … Continue reading

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GeE 79: Pursuing Justice For The Poor And Weak

Pope Francis seems to be swimming against the political current in the US and many other countries. The good thing about that is that many Christians are being confronted in significant ways about their priorities. The Holy Father is right … Continue reading

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Aparecida 449-450: Reverence For Elders

Our second of two posts reviewing the Aparecida bishops’ views on the elderly. While the push for intentional discipleship has only recently caught on, the bishops regard some of the elders as paragons of that lifestyle. Let’s read: 449. Many … Continue reading

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Aparecida 447-448: The Well-Being of the Elderly

The fourth section of the ninth chapter: The Well-Being Of The Elderly. Let’s dive in for a read as the Aparecida bishops remind us of the Temple faithful, Simeon and Anna: 447. The event of the presentation in the temple … Continue reading

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GeE 78: Justice Without Pettiness

A description of business-as-usual: 78. Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the … Continue reading

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