Spiritual Reading

Evangelii Gaudium: The mysterious working of the risen Christ and his Spirit Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

275. In the second chapter, we reflected on that lack of deep spirituality which turns into pessimism, fatalism, and mistrust. Some people do not commit themselves to mission because they think that nothing will change and that it is useless to make the effort. They think: “Why should I deny myself my comforts and pleasures Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – The spiritual savour of being a people Comments 0

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

268. The word of God also invites us to recognise that we are a people: “Once you were no people but now you are God’s people” (1 Pet 2:10). To be evangelizers of souls, we need to develop a spiritual taste for being close to people’s lives and to discover that this is itself a Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Personal encounter with love of Jesus Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014

264. The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Reasons for a renewed missionary impulse Comments 0

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

262. Spirit-filled evangelizers are evangelizers who pray and work. Mystical notions without a solid social and missionary outreach are of no help to evangelization, nor are dissertations or social or pastoral practices which lack a spirituality which can change hearts. These unilateral and incomplete proposals only reach a few groups and prove incapable of radiating Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Spirit-filled evangelisers Comments 0

Friday, June 13th, 2014

259. Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost, the Spirit made the apostles go forth from themselves and turned them into heralds of God’s wondrous deeds, capable of speaking to each person in his or her own language. The Holy Spirit also grants the courage to proclaim Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom Comments 0

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

255. The Synod Fathers spoke of the importance of respect for religious freedom, viewed as a fundamental human right.[202]This includes “the freedom to choose the religion which one judges to be true and to manifest one’s beliefs in public”.[203] A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Inter-religious dialogue Comments 1

Friday, June 6th, 2014

250. An attitude of openness in truth and in love must characterize the dialogue with the followers of non-Christian religions, in spite of various obstacles and difficulties, especially forms of fundamentalism on both sides. Interreligious dialogue is a necessary condition for peace in the world, and so it is a duty for Christians as well Read more

Evangelii Gaudium: Mary, mother of evangelization Comments 0

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

284. With the Holy Spirit, Mary is always present in the midst of the people. She joined the disciples in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14) and thus made possible the missionary outburst which took place at Pentecost. She is the Mother of the Church which evangelizes, and without her we Read more

Evangelii Gaudium – Relations with Judaism Comments 1

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

247. We hold the Jewish people in special regard because their covenant with God has never been revoked, for “the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable” (Rom 11:29). The Church, which shares with Jews an important part of the sacred Scriptures, looks upon the people of the covenant and their faith as one Read more

Evangelii Gaudium: The missionary power of intercessory prayer Comments 0

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

281. One form of prayer moves us particularly to take up the task of evangelization and to seek the good of others: it is the prayer of intercession. Let us peer for a moment into the heart of Saint Paul, to see what his prayer was like. It was full of people: “…I constantly pray Read more