Category Archives: Gaudete et Exsultate

GeE 113: The Scriptural Witness When Confronted With Evil

A prominent theme of both Jewish and Christian Scripture is what to do when confronted with evil. Saint Paul suggests an “eye for an eye,” (misquoted often enough, if not misapplied greatly) isn’t appropriate or effective: 113. Saint Paul bade … Continue reading

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GeE 112: Perseverance, Patience, and Meekness

We delve deeper into Gaudete et Exsultate with an extended look into some qualities linked closely with holiness: Perseverance, Patience and Meekness. On perseverance: 112. The first of these great signs is solid grounding in the God who loves and sustains us. … Continue reading

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GeE 110-111: Signs of Holiness in Today’s World

Chapter Four beckons. Over the next several weeks, let’s explore for Signs of Holiness in Today’s World. Pope Francis acknowledges he isn’t turning our attention to aspects well-acknowledged that lead us deeper into the spiritual life: liturgy and devotions. We will … Continue reading

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GeE 109: Wrapping Up Beatitudes And Mercy

Reading the words of the fifth and twenty-fifth chapters of Matthew’s Gospel, we’ve been given the impetus to realign our thinking and acting. For Christians, faith in God is a given. The matter before us is how we present to … Continue reading

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GeE 108: Pitfalls In A Consumer Society

Do we consume, or are we consumed by our possessions, indulgences, and needs? Unfootnoted advice from Pope Francis: 108. Hedonism and consumerism can prove our downfall, for when we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all … Continue reading

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GeE 107: Mother Teresa On Mercy

Advice from the motherly saint of the last century, that the way of perfection does not come from avoiding failure, but from the love for others exemplified in action: 107. Those who really wish to give glory to God by … Continue reading

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GeE 106: Thomas Aquinas on Mercy

Advice on works of mercy from the angelic doctor: 106. Here I think of Saint Thomas Aquinas, who asked which actions of ours are noblest, which external works best show our love for God. Thomas answered unhesitatingly that they are … Continue reading

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