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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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Aparecida 254: The Sacrament of Penance

254. The sacrament of Reconciliation is the place where the sinner experiences in a singular manner the encounter with Jesus Christ, who has compassion on us and gives us the gift of his merciful forgiveness, gives us the sense that … Continue reading

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Aparecida 252-253: “Living According To Sunday”

Seminaries, cities, and many schools have Sunday Mass. Not every Latin American lives where Sunday Mass is celebrated weekly. It is a significant challenge to all of us, including those who wrote this text: 252. Thus becomes clear the great … Continue reading

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Aparecida 251: A Privileged Place

251. The Eucharist is the privileged place of the disciple’s encounter with Jesus Christ. With this sacrament, Jesus attracts us to himself and makes us enter into his dynamism toward God and toward neighbor. There is a close connection between … Continue reading

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Aparecida 250: The Centrality of Liturgy

250. We encounter Jesus Christ in an admirable way in the Sacred Liturgy. In living it, celebrating the paschal mystery, Christ’s disciples delve deeper into the mysteries of the Kingdom and sacramentally express their vocation as disciples and missionaries. Vatican … Continue reading

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Aparecida 249: Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina has held a privileged place for those seeking that encounter with God in the Scriptures. There is something of a revival in its practice these days. If a reader or two here have missed it, here is a … Continue reading

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Aparecida 248: More on the Bread of the Word

Bread has been basic to the human diet in most places for millennia. In speaking of the Word of God with that metaphor of food, let’s be mindful that the bishops here advise not only an intellectual or liturgical approach, … Continue reading

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