Category Archives: bishops

Aparecida 145-146: On Christian Humanism

The mission of Christ cannot be reduced to something bottled and sold, like a commodity: 145. When awareness of belonging to Christ grows by reason of the gratitude and joy that it produces, the eagerness to communicate the gift of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 143-144: Sent To Announce the Gospel of the Kingdom of Life

Sections 143-148 address the third topic of the fourth chapter, “Sent To Announce The Gospel Of The Kingdom Of Life.” The bishops aren’t talking about biological life as such. They are discussing a new system in which God sets the path, … Continue reading

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Aparecida 142: Configuration Through Liturgy, Charity, and Justice

The Aparecida bishops also see “configuration” to Christ as an aspiration that comes from the liturgy. It’s not just the sacramental  life, but also the Scriptures. And more: also “solidarity”–one might say another kind of configuration–to the needy: 142. Numerous … Continue reading

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Aparecida 141: Mary, Configured To Christ

The Blessed Mother demonstrates a life in configuration to that of her Son: 141. The Virgin Mary is a splendid image of configuration to the Trinitarian project, which is fulfilled in Christ. From her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption, she … Continue reading

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Aparecida 138-140: Love and Fate

Today, we continue on the theme of configuring our lives to Christ. 138. To be truly configured to the Master, the centrality of the commandment of love, which he expressly called his own new commandment, must be accepted: “love one … Continue reading

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Aparecida 136-137: Configured To The Master

Once we have set ourselves on the journey to follow the Master (129-135) we align our lives to his (136-142): 4.2 CONFIGURED TO THE MASTER 136. Admiration for the person of Jesus, his call and his loving gaze, seek to … Continue reading

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Aparecida 134-135: Intensity in Faith Leads To Discipleship

I once heard a pastor encourage all parishioners to get involved in a ministry. Not the first step, I think. Not at all. We are believers first; we have an initial response to the invitation to faith. From there, we grow … Continue reading

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