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Aparecida 263: Popular Piety and Transcendance

263. We cannot deprecate popular spirituality, or consider it a secondary mode of Christian life, for that would be to forget the primacy of the action of the Spirit and God’s free initiative of love. I have come to agree … Continue reading

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Aparecida 262: Careful Discernment Of Popular Piety

Many of  my ministry colleagues have looked with concern on popular piety. Certainly, excesses are well-documented and raise worries. The Aparecida bishops suggest that piety is a “starting point.” Let’s explore that a bit: 262. It is true that faith … Continue reading

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Aparecida 261: Piety Appeals To the Believer’s Affect

Some look with less regard on the connections of faith to the emotional life of human beings. I think that disregard is an error. We are created as beings not only of intellect, but also of feelings. Emotions can allow … Continue reading

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Aparecida 260: On Pilgrimage

Today, a bit more on pilgrimages:   260. In it, pilgrims undergo the experience of a mystery that goes beyond them, the transcendence not only of God, but also of the Church, which transcends their family and their neighborhood. At … Continue reading

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Aparecida 258-259: Popular Piety

“Popular piety as space of encounter with Jesus Christ” is our topic for sections 258 through 265. We’ve covered popular piety in the 2001 Vatican document here on this website. Pope Benedict XVI also had a high regard for popular … Continue reading

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Aparecida 257: Christ With The Needy

Some thoughts from Pope John Paul II on the encounter with Christ in the needy among us.   257. We also encounter Him in a special way in the poor, the afflicted, and the sick (cf. Mt 25:37- 40) who … Continue reading

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Aparecida 255-256: Deep Friendship Through Prayer

Prayer is more than a pious fulfillment of a mandate from God. Pope John Paul refers to it as an art. The Aparecida bishops urge prayer as an expression of friendship. 255. It is in personal and community prayer that … Continue reading

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