Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 271: Mary and the Word

Two recent popes underscore the connection of Mary with the Word of God. 271. She who “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51), teaches us the primacy of listening to the Word in … Continue reading

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Aparecida 270: Mary, School of Faith

Mary as a “school of faith.” Before looking down to the citation, to whom might you attribute the use of that title? 270. Today when the emphasis is being given to discipleship and mission in our Latin American and Caribbean … Continue reading

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Aparecida 269: Mary The Missionary

It’s not a title to be found in the great litanies of popular piety. But if we consider her post-Resurrection experiences, as well as our experiences of her all across a wide planet, Mary is certainly a missionary. She also … Continue reading

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Aparecida 268: Mary, Human Mother

Some may recoil a bit at the suggestion of sexism, but there’s no doubt that function and bureaucracy could often use a softening and tenderness: 268. As in the human family, the Church-family is generated around a Mother, who confers … Continue reading

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Aparecida 267: Mary’s Unique Mission

Mary journeys with us on pilgrimage. She is also a disciple, a believer, and a missionary. She also has a unique role in God’s saving plan. We do well to reflect on that and look to her special and extraordinary … Continue reading

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Aparecida 266: Mary, Disciple and Missionary

Over the coming week, we will explore the role of Mary in the evangelizing mission of Latin America and the Caribbean. This section is titled, “Mary, disciple and missionary.” Does that help us to pause and ponder? These are true … Continue reading

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Aparecida 264-265: The Legitimacy of Popular Piety

Today we conclude our examination of popular piety with the Aparecida bishops. They cite their Puebla document from 1979, affirmed by Pope Benedict XVI: 264. Popular spirituality is a legitimate way of living the faith, a way of feeling part … Continue reading

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