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Our 'new evangelization' must get to the root of social ills

Our 'new evangelization' must get to the root of social ills     The last three popes have called us to a “new evangelization.”  Our faith is to be reawakened to the Gospel of Jesus so that we may become “missionary disciples,” which involves caring for the poor.  Pope Francis says that we are to “find Christ...
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Living lives of mercy and justice

Living lives of mercy and justice   Throughout the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, God calls believers to lives of mercy and justice.  The Prophet Micah proclaimed, “You have been told, O mortal, what … the Lord requires of you:  Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God&#...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Helping the poor starts with you and me

Helping the poor starts with you and me Jesus’ Gospel calls Christians to work to make our world a better place for everyone because each person is created in God’s image, thus enjoying dignity.  Our dignity is not given us by society’s standards, but is bestowed upon us by God Himself.  In justice Christians...
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Authentic Christianity always looks outward

Authentic Christianity always looks outward “It is no longer possible to claim that religion should be restricted to the private sphere and that it exists only to prepare souls for heaven….  No one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national l...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Our inseparable bond

Our inseparable bond   An inseparable bond exists between our accepting God’s message of salvation and the charity we show toward others.  The former Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation praises God “who has joined himself through Christ to the human family by a bond that can never be broken.R...
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Monday, June 01, 2015

Let's define 'New Evangelization'

Let's define 'New Evangelization'   Popes John Paul II, Benedict XV and Francis have all written about the need for a “new evangelization.”  What do they mean by “new evangelization?”   Evangelization is the main mission of the Church, given by Jesus as recorded at the end of Matthew’s G...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

'The evangelizing power of popular piety'

'The evangelizing power of popular piety'   Pope Francis discusses (in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” or “Evangelii Gaudium”) the importance of “the evangelizing power of popular piety” – calling it a “precious treasure in the Catholic Church” (E.G.123).  Po...
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Called to witness Christ to others

Called to witness Christ to others   Our Holy Saturday Easter Vigils were filled with excitement as we experienced the baptisms and confirmations of new Church members.  What a gift they are to the Church!  New members remind us that Jesus’ resurrection is not only a past historical event.  We see the risen...
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Monday, April 13, 2015

RCIA enables growth of the family of Christ

RCIA enables growth of the family of Christ   Pope Francis exemplifies in his own life what he says the Church must be “a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium 114).  This is the goal of the RCIA, which is not...
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Monday, March 30, 2015

We all must proclaim the Gospel

We all must proclaim the Gospel   For the next few weeks we are going to reflect upon Pope Francis’ teachings in Chapter 3 of “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).  He reminds us that proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus is the work of every Christian and the entire Church.  Years...
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Monday, March 16, 2015