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GeE 61-62: Seeing God’s Face

Pope Francis makes the case for finding God less in rules, regulations, and such; we behold his face in people: 61. In other words, amid the thicket of precepts and prescriptions, Jesus clears a way to seeing two faces, that … Continue reading

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GeE 60: The Summation of the Law

Three paragraphs explore the basic commandment, and the one like it. The title you expect: The summation of the Law. The orientation of the disciple: faith, hope, and love. Especially … well, you can read it: 60. To avoid this, we … Continue reading

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GeE 59: Moderation in Church Precepts

Pope Francis draws very widely from the testimony of the saints in his documents. In this paragraph, continuing commentary on the unintentional cluttering of the preaching of the Gospel. 59. Once we believe that everything depends on human effort as … Continue reading

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GeE 58: Life Contrary To The Spirit

58. Not infrequently, contrary to the promptings of the Spirit, the life of the Church can become a museum piece or the possession of a select few. There isn’t any doubt that Christians lose the sense of the Spirit and … Continue reading

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GeE 57: New Pelagians

This paragraph and the two that follow describe “new pelagians.” 57. Still, some Christians insist on taking another path, that of justification by their own efforts, the worship of the human will and their own abilities. The result is a … Continue reading

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GeE 56: Merit And Justification

Scripture explores the believer’s response to God’s grace. 56. Only on the basis of God’s gift, freely accepted and humbly received, can we cooperate by our own efforts in our progressive transformation.* * This is, in a word, the Catholic … Continue reading

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GeE 55: Justification, A Great Conviction

55. This is one of the great convictions that the Church has come firmly to hold. It is so clearly expressed in the word of God that there can be no question of it. And yet, people do still push … Continue reading

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