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I check the site Where Peter Is every so often. A voice of sanity in the Catholic blogosphere. A balm to the “Qatholic” alternative, as another gorilla blogger likes to term it. Mike Lewis wrote of Bishop Barron’s visit to … Continue reading
Bishop Barron seems to be getting some pushback for his talk at USCCB this week (like here), from his advocacy for Jordan Peterson (whom I had to look up–ick!), to his comment about “dumbing down the faith.” I will confess … Continue reading
1975 was a holy year dedicated to reconciliation, hence, this connection: 81. This then, brothers and sons and daughters, is our heartfelt plea. It echoes the voice of our brethren assembled for the Third General Assembly of the Synod of … Continue reading
We Catholics have the message. But do we have the ability to overcome the obstacles we ourselves place in front of the Gospel? 80. Our appeal here is inspired by the fervor of the greatest preachers and evangelizers, whose lives … Continue reading
I think we can ask a fair question. Do people serve the Church for the sake of loving others as Christ did, or is the primary motivation their personal salvation? Pope Paul’s emphasis on love is not faddish. He has … Continue reading
The Christian believes that the Gospel provides for human liberation, peace, and a fulfillment of our destiny. This is an optimistic message as head to the concluding sections of Evangelii Nuntiandi, but they also place on all believers an important … Continue reading
Is this timely or what? 77. The power of evangelization will find itself considerably diminished if those who proclaim the Gospel are divided among themselves in all sorts of ways. Is this not perhaps one of the great sicknesses of … Continue reading
We look at ourselves, the Church, and we discern important questions: 76. Let us now consider the very persons of the evangelizers. It is often said nowadays that the present century thirsts for authenticity. Especially in regard to young people … Continue reading
It should be obvious, but we can’t evangelize the world without a lot of outside help: 75. Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit descends on Jesus of Nazareth at the moment of … Continue reading
Pope Paul begins to address the final theme of this document. We’re not talking about specifics. There are no programs. No vetted speakers. No founding of schools or internet sites, and no special “year” is being called. I think there’s … Continue reading
Lay people are everywhere, including laboring with the clergy with their God-given charisms: 73. Hence the active presence of the laity in the temporal realities takes on all its importance. One cannot, however, neglect or forget the other dimension: the … Continue reading
This was a focus of the last pope: Catholic youth. 72. Circumstances invite us to make special mention of the young. Their increasing number and growing presence in society and likewise the problems assailing them should awaken in every one … Continue reading
The domestic Church also has a role to play in spreading the Good News: 71. One cannot fail to stress the evangelizing action of the family in the evangelizing apostolate of the laity. At different moments in the Church’s history … Continue reading
Evangelization by the laity is as varied as the gifts men, women, and children bring to the practice of their faith: 70. Lay people, whose particular vocation places them in the midst of the world and in charge of the … Continue reading
Women and men in religious life have a role to play: 69. Religious, for their part, find in their consecrated life a privileged means of effective evangelization. At the deepest level of their being they are caught up in the … Continue reading