Lent is more than a time for doing some charitable works, some penance, or mortification. Above all, it is a time to rediscover the truth of who we really are.
Discernment where is my Life Going?
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In 2022, Pope Francis developed the theme of spiritual discernment during his Wednesday general audiences. Discernment is a demanding work of making sound judgments that require knowledge and faith. Here are excerpts from the catechesis series on discernment.
The examen is a way of praying that allows us to find and see God in our most ordinary, everyday experiences, making us stop, look back at our day, and listen to ourselves and to God Himself and what He has been telling us.
Sadly, many wealthy nations continue to largely turn a blind eye to the desperate plight of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Pope Francis has condemned Europe’s treatment of migrants as “disgusting, sinful and criminal.”
The call for discipleship is for everyone. Discipleship happens when we focus more on the kingdom of God and the work to be done, and less on our worthiness.
The Servants of Charity in the Philippines have been providing a home to indigent and abandoned children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The Guanella community in Quezon City is also a place for discovering, cultivating, harnessing, and enjoying their talents and skills.
“Signore, ti amo!” were the last comprehensible words Pope Benedict XVI said in Italian before dying on the morning of December 31, 2022. At his funeral mass, Pope Francis thanked his predecessor for the “knowledge and dedication” he bestowed on his papacy.
Evangelii Gaudium (EG), The Joy of the Gospel , Pope Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, is lengthy, reaching over 50,000 words. Here Francis is proposing a profound missionary renewal of the entire Church, desiring a truly vibrant evangelizing community, aflame with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Sensitivity to pain is a gift that we need to cultivate, and alertness to others’ needs is an enviable ability that brings blessings to both the benefactor and the beneficiary.
Jesus offered the gift of paradise to one of the thieves crucified with Him, the one who asked Him to be remembered when He would be in his Kingdom. Through this, Jesus revealed once again how God is merciful and forgiving.
The official list of the books of the Bible is called Canon which means: rule, measure. The books included in the Canon are called canonical. The Canon has a story worth knowing.
To dare to live one’s vocation is to accept setting out on a journey, going with those who can guide us on the journey, and responding with hope in the face of difficulties. To the urgency of vocation, there has to be an “urgency of response.”
Tourists from Lima, Peru, who go down to the selva (bush) are hungry for souvenirs to take home.
Strategies for Evangelization
October 2023 Issue
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