Category Archives: evangelization

A Tale Of Two Gurus

Once or twice the past week, I noticed a Bishop Barron/Jordan Peterson confluence in social media. I thought I had misread the first, as I wasn’t looking for it. A friend posted it somewhere, and then I was slightly curious. … Continue reading

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The Barque of John 21

The Roman Lectionary offers a most intriguing reading today. The twenty-first chapter of the fourth Gospel finds a frustrated Peter at the end of a fruitless effort. Jesus offers effective guidance: “Cast the net over the right side of the … Continue reading

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How Smart Is This?

Some months after his passing, someone gets the better of Stephen Hawking in an “epic” tweet. This two-year-old summary appeared on one of my social media feeds today, and I had to wonder how smart or effective a tack this … Continue reading

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What Inspires?

A social media friend posted a question: what books would his friends recommend for Catholic teens? I saw a lot of good stuff. I saw good books that would likely be misfires. The answers rather showed people who read or … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 92: Conclusion

I thought we would take the Conclusion of Redemptoris Missio in one swallow. Let’s start with a note of optimism and opportunity: Today, as never before, the Church has the opportunity of bringing the Gospel, by witness and word, to … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 91c: People Of The Beatitudes

The missionary is a person of the Beatitudes. Before sending out the Twelve to evangelize, Jesus, in his “missionary discourse” (cf. Mt 10), teaches them the paths of mission: poverty, meekness, acceptance of suffering and persecution, the desire for justice … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 91b: Missionaries As Contemplatives

For their part, missionaries should reflect on the duty of holiness required of them by the gift of their vocation, renew themselves in spirit day by day, and strive to update their doctrinal and pastoral formation. The missionary must be … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 91a: More On Universal Holiness

I think these last paragraphs are important and deserve some focused attention. If you’ve been with us or know the document, you know we’ll finish up in just a few days. Pope John Paul II finishes this document with some … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 90: The True Missionary Is The Saint

Pope John Paul II affirms the baptismal call to holiness. People make the error that ordination or religious vows defines holiness. They do not. That baptized persons do not readily shoulder the mantle of holiness is an impoverishment in the … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 89: Loving As Jesus Loved

When Pope John Paul II describes “Loving the Church and Humanity As Jesus Did,” we’re continuing along that path of imitation. The first notion to be explored is “apostolic charity.” We’re not talking about charity as much as caritas. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 88: Living The Mystery Of Christ

Living the Mystery of Christ, “the One who was sent” An essential characteristic of missionary spirituality is intimate communion with Christ. We cannot understand or carry out the mission unless we refer it to Christ as the one who was … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 87: Missionary Spirituality

Are we ready to explore a final chapter? Pope John Paul II, by titling this “Missionary Spirituality” implies there is a place for the mystic in the mission. That notion is intriguing, as it suggests an orientation outside of human … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 86: A New Springtime

Optimism underscores Pope John Paul II’s vision for the future. How else could he write that “God Is Preparing a New Springtime for the Gospel”? If we look at today’s world, we are struck by many negative factors that can … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 85cd: Do We Have Mutuality Between Churches?

Finishing up section 85 discussing giving and receiving. Pope John Paul II is worried about older churches focusing on the so-called new evangelization. We should be more concerned about churches that have lost any missionary emphasis and become institutions focused … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 85ab: Giving And Receiving

Not Only Giving to the Missions But Receiving From Them As Well Cooperating in missionary activity means not just giving but also receiving. All the particular churches, both young and old, are called to give and to receive in the … Continue reading

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