Monthly Archives: May 2020

Redemptoris Missio 13bcd: The Biblical Witness For The Kingdom

Let’s complete our reading of section 13, “Christ Makes the Kingdom Present.” You may remember that one of the Luminous Mysteries proposed by Pope John Paul II was the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. There is less any single … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 13a: Christ Fulfills The Divine Plan

“Christ Makes the Kingdom Present”–this is the testimony of Pope John Paul II. It is no accident he cites the Lord’s appearance in the synagogue, reading that passage from Isaiah about the coming glory of God in bringing relief to … Continue reading

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On Jane Roe

Or, Norma McCorvey, her given Christian name. Apparently, there’s a documentary coming out today that is generating fuss and foment among the two political halves of the abortion divide. I went down the rabbit hole on another social media platform … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 12: The Kingdom of God

John Paul’s second chapter addresses a reality so many of us try to grasp: the Reign of God. Is it a political reality? Is it heaven? Is it liturgy? Is it here yet? Would we know it if we saw … Continue reading

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A Man For This Season

If I were a movie producer, one project upon which I would embark is a remake of a film acknowledged to be dreadful. I was deeply moved to see a community theatre production of this many years ago. Only recently … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 11cde: “Why mission?”

Chapter One comes to an end with these three paragraphs. Let’s read, then discuss. To the question, “why mission?” we reply with the Church’s faith and experience that true liberation consists in opening oneself to the love of Christ. In … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 11ab: “We cannot but speak”

For a disciple, the urge to preach the Gospel cannot be suppressed. For clergy or lay person, it might be the single authentic sign of discipleship, the willingness to spread the faith wherever and whenever one can. Pope John  Paul … Continue reading

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Strawberries And …

One advantage to claiming tomato as a fruit is that strawberries with a nice combo of romaine lettuce and black olives topped off with a lite raspberry vinaigrette is not so weird. Ages ago I was on a plane trip … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 10: Salvation in Christ Is Offered to All

Reminding us that “Salvation in Christ Is Offered to All,” Pope John Paul II suggests that a church membership card is not an absolute requirement for salvation. Let’s observe his logic: The universality of salvation means that it is granted … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 9: The Church As Sign and Instrument of Salvation

With Pope John Paul II, we explore “The Church As Sign and Instrument of Salvation.” He starts with the Church: The first beneficiary of salvation is the Church. Christ won the Church for himself at the price of his own … Continue reading

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Mercy, As It Might Have Been, Or Might Yet Be

I found this essay on PrayTell and a reference there to an interesting bit of testimony from Pope Benedict on his predecessor. Here’s the quote: From the very beginning, John Paul II was deeply touched by the message of Faustina … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 8: On Freedom of Conscience

In the modern world there is a tendency to reduce man to his horizontal dimension alone. But without an openness to the Absolute, what does man become? The answer to this question is found in the experience of every individual, … Continue reading

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Why Churches Can’t Come Back Quick: Selecting the Few

Maybe it’s a good problem, that many of our parishes have more people than they can handle with a set fraction of our worship spaces opening in the next stage. Whatever or whenever that might be. In his essay, David … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 7: Faith And Human Freedom

Today’s topic: Faith in Christ Is Directed to Man’s Freedom The urgency of missionary activity derives from the radical newness of life brought by Christ and lived by his followers. The season of Easter is a lovely time to reflect … Continue reading

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Day of Prayer

As of this writing, it’s not yet the 14th where I sit, but it is in the Eastern Hemisphere. So if you’re there and haven’t started yet, Pope Francis has an assignment for us: Prayer is a means to communicate … Continue reading

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