Category Archives: evangelization

Aparecida 268: Mary, Human Mother

Some may recoil a bit at the suggestion of sexism, but there’s no doubt that function and bureaucracy could often use a softening and tenderness: 268. As in the human family, the Church-family is generated around a Mother, who confers … Continue reading

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Aparecida 267: Mary’s Unique Mission

Mary journeys with us on pilgrimage. She is also a disciple, a believer, and a missionary. She also has a unique role in God’s saving plan. We do well to reflect on that and look to her special and extraordinary … Continue reading

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Aparecida 266: Mary, Disciple and Missionary

Over the coming week, we will explore the role of Mary in the evangelizing mission of Latin America and the Caribbean. This section is titled, “Mary, disciple and missionary.” Does that help us to pause and ponder? These are true … Continue reading

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Aparecida 264-265: The Legitimacy of Popular Piety

Today we conclude our examination of popular piety with the Aparecida bishops. They cite their Puebla document from 1979, affirmed by Pope Benedict XVI: 264. Popular spirituality is a legitimate way of living the faith, a way of feeling part … Continue reading

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Aparecida 263: Popular Piety and Transcendance

263. We cannot deprecate popular spirituality, or consider it a secondary mode of Christian life, for that would be to forget the primacy of the action of the Spirit and God’s free initiative of love. I have come to agree … Continue reading

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Aparecida 262: Careful Discernment Of Popular Piety

Many of  my ministry colleagues have looked with concern on popular piety. Certainly, excesses are well-documented and raise worries. The Aparecida bishops suggest that piety is a “starting point.” Let’s explore that a bit: 262. It is true that faith … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Address to CELAM 15: Synthesis

Let’s wrap up this address of the Holy Father to his brother bishops of Latin America. The final word of encouragement: passion. I would like to sum up all of this in a phrase that I leave to you as … Continue reading

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