Monthly Archives: June 2020

Celebrity

I have hesitated to comment on one of this month’s Catholic news items. A read a second treatment in the NCRep a social media friend linked. I’m fine with women taking the lead on this discussion. #metoo impacts them and … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 34: Mission Ad Gentes

When we talk about classic missionary work, we are still talking about Christians speaking with, living with, and looking to non-Christians. How does this impact the so-called “new evangelization”? Do we refocus? Reallocate resources? Missionary activity proper, namely the mission … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 33d: New Evangelization

Here is where Pope John Paul II identified the need for a “new evangelization.” It’s probably a phenomenon the ancients considered in individuals, the situation of apostasy, where a believer renounces the faith. It was a shameful thing, denying Jesus … Continue reading

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Mass In A New Era

I think I have a better notion of what the celebration of Mass was like in the mid-60s. I’ve been peeking here and there at bits of livestreaming from across the Catholic world. We’ve completed two weekends of my parish’s … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 33c: Established Faith Communities

As he discusses the “Mission Ad Gentes” (to all peoples) John Paul II describes the second category of Christians. Optimists would presume they are in the majority. Most people would describe their parishes and dioceses like this: Secondly, there are … Continue reading

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If It’s About A Symbol, Let’s Start With Money

Frustrating things in 2020: having a lion’s share chunk cut out of my church ministry by a virus seeing the same Catholics whine about sacraments when they wanted to shut down viri probati in the Amazon and other places hitting a wall … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 33ab: The Mission Ad Gentes

Sections 33 and 34 fall under the heading “Mission Ad Gentes Retains Its Value.” This was John Paul II’s premise earlier in this chapter, that the Church never loses or abandons the mandatum of Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15. The … Continue reading

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Opening Or Not

So the first US pro sports team backtracks from competition. In a blow for reopening, ten players and team personnel tested positive Monday. The Orlando Pride is staying home. Nobody’s admitting it was recreational drinking in Florida public, but that’s … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 32: Complexity

In describing “A Complex and Ever Changing Religious Picture,” Pope John Paul II commented on several social changes we experience in today’s world. We cannot be effective in evangelization unless we are aware of the overall climate in which people … Continue reading

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Down With Junipero?

I notice Californian statues of the saint are toppling. There is controversy connected with the man, as noted on the wiki here. Opposition to his ecclesiastical recognition was well-known as Junipero Serra was making his move up the ladder of … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 31: Vast Horizons

Time for a new chapter: The Vast Horizons of the Mission Ad Gentes. “Ad Gentes” is the Latin title of the Vatican II document on mission and evangelization. If the Council had been convened today, it probably would have joined … Continue reading

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Racism In Oakland

I saw this piece in my morning news feed. (I wonder how the magical all-knowing google knows to connect me to a combination of racism and Catholic.) In an emotional, 13-minute video posted on Facebook on June 14, McAleenan, who is white, … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 30: A Resurgence of Missionary Activity

When Pope John Paul II writes that “Missionary Activity Is Only Beginning,” I wondered about the perspective. Is he thinking that we’ve been mostly asleep lately on the issue of evangelization? He might be accurate to say so. When I … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

The early Church at Corinth was much loved by Saint Paul. That much is obvious. If it weren’t true, he wouldn’t have spent so much anguish on the people there. One of the Corinthian problems seems to have been resurrection … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 29bc: The Holy Spirit, Christ, and the Church

As we come to the end of discussing “The Spirit Is Present and Active in Every Time and Place,” Pope John Paul II looks first to how the Christian views the Persons of the Trinity. The citations are from Vatican … Continue reading

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