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Aparecida 159-160: A Community of Love

Today, we look at two paragraphs somewhat heavily footnoted by recent documents.   159. The Church, as “community of love,”(DCE 19) is called to reflect the glory of God’s love, and thus attract persons and peoples to Christ. In practicing … Continue reading

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Aparecida 158: Celebrating the Eucharist

One use of the term “communion” involves the Mass. We stand with the very first disciples: 158. Like the early communities of Christians, today we gather assiduously to hear the “teaching of the apostles and for the communal life, the breaking … Continue reading

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Aparecida 156-157: More on Communion

What is communion, anyway? What’s the connection to missionary discipleship? The bishops develop this theme a bit as the fifth chapter continues … 156. The vocation to missionary discipleship is convocation to communion in their church. There is no discipleship … Continue reading

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Aparecida 154-155: Communion

Today, we commence with Chapter Five, “The  Communion of the Missionary Disciples in the Church.” This examination will take us from these paragraphs to number 239, probably a month’s worth of posts. Theme one, “Called To Live In Communion.” We … Continue reading

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Aparecida 153: Life In The Sacraments

The initiation sacraments, far from being a withdrawal from the world, is a means by which God communicates to disciples and draws us into a deeper communion with the Trinity: 153. This reality becomes present in our life by the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 151-152: More On Life In the Spirit

It was a phenomenon of the New Testament Church, their experience of the Holy Spirit: 151. The Church as marked and sealed “with Holy Spirit and fire” (Mt 3:11), continues the work of the Messiah, opening the gates of salvation … Continue reading

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Aparecida 149-150: Enlivened By The Holy Spirit

The fourth and final theme of Chapter Four, the call to holiness, “Enlivened by the Holy Spirit.” Christians, and sometimes Catholics in particular, are mystified by the role of the Spirit. Saint Luke’s is the most illustrative of the Gospels, … Continue reading

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