Category Archives: evangelization

EG 130: Charisms at the Service of Evangelization

Two sections bear the title, “Charisms at the service of a communion which evangelizes.” It is important to distinguish between charisms and gifts and natural abilities. All have a source in God. Natural abilities are how we are guided by … Continue reading

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EG 129: Creativity Trumps Comfort

In sections 127-129 of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis is concerned about person-to-person contact in the cause of the Gospel. This kind of contact necessarily implies the communicator/listener is ready to think on her feet. That he won’t be hidebound by … Continue reading

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EG 128: Respect and Gentleness

There’s a lot of debate and hand-wringing, especially in the more traditional circles–those places that expect or even demand unconditional surrender and purchase of that ticket across the Tiber. It’s the old adage, when you’re right, you’re right. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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EG 127: Person to Person

But a blurb in the bulletin. Get an announcement after Communion. If these are SOP at your parish, you’re not communicating effectively. Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, titles numbered sections 127-129, “Person to person” and it’s not because he’s the kind of guy … Continue reading

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EG 126: The Spirit Works Through Popular Piety

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium 126, stresses again that God utilizes popular piety to inspire and urge us to evangelization: 126. Underlying popular piety, as a fruit of the inculturated Gospel, is an active evangelizing power which we must not underestimate: to … Continue reading

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EG 125: Piety Facilitates Love

Pope Francis explains it a bit more in #125: that faith is more than mere assent to God’s teachings. One author I encountered recently said there’s a difference between faith  in God and agreeing with God. Agreement with moral teachings … Continue reading

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EG 124: On Pilgrimage

Pope Francis’ experience with popular piety in Latin America has clearly influenced his ministry as Bishop of Rome. Evangelii Gaudium references that landmark document from the Aparecida Conference of 2007. Let’s read and sum it up. 124. The Aparecida Document describes … Continue reading

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EG 123: Piety Embodies Faith in a Culture

In section 123, Pope Francis makes the case that popular piety is an important derivation and expression of received faith. He cites two recent popes: 123. Popular piety enables us to see how the faith, once received, becomes embodied in … Continue reading

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EG 122: Popular Piety

Pope Francis explores “The evangelizing power of popular piety” in Evangelii Gaudium. Let’s read the follow-up to the premise that all the baptized are called to be missionary disciples. How does “popular piety” help that, influence it, and make it … Continue reading

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EG 121: Called To Maturity

Pope Francis suggests evangelization is always a work in progress. What do you suppose he means by that? 121. Of course, all of us are called to mature in our work as evangelizers. We want to have better training, a … Continue reading

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EG 120: By Virtue of Baptism …

… all are missionary disciples, according to Pope Francis. Well, and Jesus, too. According to the commandment: 120. In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). This role … Continue reading

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EG 119: Missionary Disciples

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, states “We are all missionary disciples.” What does he mean by that? We will explore the thought in the next three numbered sections. 119. In all the baptized, from first to last, the sanctifying power … Continue reading

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Christian Looks at Scripture and Salvation

My occasionally-frequently commenting friend Dick Martin is back in the comboxes. Rather than let the commentary stand there with Romans 6:3-9, I thought I’d pull it out and respond here. From Wednesday: This passage is talking to those who have … Continue reading

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EG 118: Faith Not Limited to European Culture

Someone else here remarked a number of weeks ago how Pope Francis seemed to cite documents of bishops’ conferences from around the world, unlike his predecessors. 118. The Bishops of Oceania asked that the Church “develop an understanding and a … Continue reading

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EG 117: Cultural Diversity

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium makes a sound case for the value of diversity above uniformity. 117. When properly understood, cultural diversity is not a threat to Church unity. The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, transforms our … Continue reading

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