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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

'The Joy of the Gospel' includes a call to become more welcoming

'The Joy of the Gospel' includes a call to become more welcoming   Pope Francis turns his attention to the Church, stating that the Church may create situations that do not lend themselves to people wanting to hear the Gospel or be part of a parish community.  He writes, “We must recognize that if part of our baptized people lack a sense of belon...
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Monday, March 02, 2015

'The Joy of the Gospel' does not include the modern joy of money

'The Joy of the Gospel' does not include the modern joy of money   Pope Francis continues on with his reflections on modern day society, in which the Good News of Jesus Christ must be preached, by saying, “No to the new idolatry of money.”  He makes the bold statement that, “The worship of the ancient gold calf (Exodus 32:1-35) has re...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pope Francis proclaims the Gospel after describing why many don't hear it

Pope Francis proclaims the Gospel after describing why many don't hear it Before proceeding with “Proclaiming the Gospel” in his apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis explains the current social, political, cultural and economic situations that prevent many people from being able to hear the Gospel of Jesus.  In Chapter Two of “The Joy of the Gospel,...
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Pope Francis lives 'The Joy of the Gospel' by example

Pope Francis lives 'The Joy of the Gospel' by example Pope Francis realizes that he must also put into practice what he asks of others since he is the first among the bishops.  He must think about the conversion and changes necessary to the papacy.  We have seen some of them in his personal life of simplicity.  Choosing not to live in t...
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Pope Francis sets evangelization as a parish priority

Pope Francis sets evangelization as a parish priority  In quoting John Paul II, Pope Francis (in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”) states, “All renewal in the Church must have mission as its goal if it is not to fall prey to a kind of ecclesial introversion” (E.G. 27).  It is quite easy for a parish t...
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Pope Francis calls us all to help with 'missionary transformation'

Pope Francis calls us all to help with 'missionary transformation' Pope Francis states in his Introduction to “The Joy of the Gospel” that 1) the joy of Christians attracts others to Christ and His Gospel, 2) all Christians are called to hand on the faith, and 3) the three areas where we are called to transmit our faith – namely, those faithful t...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pope Francis reaffirms our responsibility to transmit our faith

Pope Francis reaffirms our responsibility to transmit our faith   Three years ago, in October 2012, another Synod of Bishops gathered in Rome to discuss “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”  The gathering bishops agreed that the transmission of the faith is the responsibility for all Christians and not just...
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Monday, December 01, 2014