Category Archives: evangelization

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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EG 116: Every Culture Is A Jewel

Today in Evangelii Gaudium we continue on the track of faith and religion as a community experience. Pope Francis cites peoples who have been converted to faith in God, and who express their faith differently. We have only to consider the … Continue reading

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EG 115: A People of Many Faces

Let’s explore over the next four posts, “A people of many faces.” Culture is defined very broadly. And appropriately, I think. Culture is merely the particular way in which people relate to one another in certain social contexts. 115. The … Continue reading

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EG 114: Community Exists For A Purpose

If we are God’s people, a community, we do not exist for our own protection, enjoyment, or self-exaltation. There is a reason the Christian community exists. And that is to further the mission of Christ in the universe. 114. Being … Continue reading

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EG 113: Called To Be A Community

Pope Francis lays some important groundwork in Evangelii Gaudium 113. The first principle of being an evangelizing people geared to the mission of Christ is to first recognize that we are indeed a people, not individual persons, and that sense of community … Continue reading

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Aparecida 40: The Challenge of Gender Ideology

The bishops continue listing the challenges to evangelization. Paragraph 40, written in 2007, seems to me to reflect the concerns of bishops in North America and Europe, more than the concerns of the faithful in Latin America. I have found … Continue reading

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EG 112: A People For Everyone

We discuss “A people for everyone” in Evangelii Gaudium 112-114. Pope Francis begins this theme with a reminder that God’s merciful grace is the starting point, not human action or ambition: 112. The salvation which God offers us is the work … Continue reading

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EG 111: The Entire People of God Proclaims The Gospel

The first theme of Chapter Three spells it out explicitly in the title: everybody proclaims. I. THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF GOD PROCLAIMS THE GOSPEL 111. Evangelization is the task of the Church. The Church, as the agent of evangelization, is … Continue reading

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EG 110: The Proclamation of the Gospel

If you thought Pope Francis was long in Chapter Two (50-109) of Evangelii Gaudium, buckle your seat belts for Chapter Three (110-175). It’s slightly longer, but not quite the longest of this document. Over the next several weeks we’ll look at “The Proclamation … Continue reading

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EG 108-109: Listening to the Young and the Elderly

Evangelii Gaudium‘s Chapter Two concludes: 108. As I mentioned above, I have not sought to offer a complete diagnosis, but I invite communities to complete and enrich these perspectives on the basis of their awareness of the challenges facing them … Continue reading

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EG 107: Vocations

In bringing chapter two of Evangelii Gaudium close to a wrap with his last topic for the “Crisis of Communal Commitment,” Pope Francis writes of vocations. Crisis or opportunity? I don’t think we’ve figured it out for sure. 107. Many places … Continue reading

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EG 106: Two Areas Of Progress In Youth Ministry

Pope Francis cites two areas of progress. 106. Even if it is not always easy to approach young people, progress has been made in two areas: the awareness that the entire community is called to evangelize and educate the young, … Continue reading

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EG 105: Youth Ministry

Pope Francis turns an eye to youth ministry in Evangelii Gaudium. We should carefully listen to this. 105. Youth ministry, as traditionally organized, has also suffered the impact of social changes. Young people often fail to find responses to their … Continue reading

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EG 104: Women, Ordination, Power

Pope Francis dances around a tough spot here. Many other commentators have expended ink, breath, and electronic space on the matter of ordaining women to holy orders. He begins by laying down matters that are a given. First the equal … Continue reading

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