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GeE 138: The Need For Missionaries With Passion

138. We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives and certainly at the cost … Continue reading

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GeE 137: Complacency

Significantly timely advice for the second emergence of the cover-up scandal among bishops around the world. Words for bishops and discouraged laity alike: 137. Complacency is seductive; it tells us that there is no point in trying to change things, … Continue reading

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GeE 136: Jesus Knocks

Pope Francis uses a very familiar New Testament image: 136. True enough, we need to open the door of our hearts to Jesus, who stands and knocks (cf. Revelation 3:20). Standing the image on its head, as the pope often … Continue reading

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GeE 135: Renewal

Some words on renewal: 135. God is eternal newness. He impels us constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond. He takes us to where humanity is most wounded, where men and … Continue reading

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GeE 134: A Sign of Jonah

Ten names, these are a start: 134. Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names: individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas … Continue reading

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GeE 133: The Spirit Prompts

The early Church gives witness to the Holy Spirit’s role in adding grace and verve in the apostolic message. When fear and doubt overtake our inclination to step well out of the past, we can look to the prayer of … Continue reading

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GeE 132: The Spirit In Boldness

A brief reminder in paragraph #132 that boldness is a spiritual gift, a testimony to our union with Christ and the message of his Gospel: 132. Parrhesía is a seal of the Spirit; it testifies to the authenticity of our … Continue reading

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