It is not the same thing to try to build the world with his Gospel as to try to do so by our own lights. But there is also a third way, and it is the best way to deal with conflict. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others? These convictions and habits of solidarity, when they are put into practice, open the way to other structural transformations and make them possible. The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected”. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is nothing else than the culmination of the way he lived his entire life. The use of negative space is always on my mind in the street photography I shoot around London. 82. Positive and negative space are related to the concept of figure-ground relationship, which refers to the perceptual distinction we make between the subject and object in a picture. What I would like to propose is something much more in the line of an evangelical discernment. The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness. Reasons for a renewed missionary impulse [262-283], Personal encounter with the saving love of Jesus [264-267] The spiritual savour of being a people [268-274] The mysterious working of the risen Christ and his Spirit [275-280] The missionary power of intercessory prayer [281-283], II. There is a kind of Christianity made up of devotions reflecting an individual and sentimental faith life which does not in fact correspond to authentic “popular piety”. Stop there and it’s still an interesting take on drawing, light, shadows, and shapes. Hence it is clear that that the first proclamation also calls for ongoing formation and maturation. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Lk 2:10). The Holy Spirit knows well what is needed in every time and place. 185. It is first in a qualitative sense because it is the principal proclamation, the one which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment. This way, the sun will hit the plant and you’ll see it mostly as a big shape. For example, if one is drawing a plant, they would draw the space in-between the leaves, not the actual leaves. There are two types of space in art: postive and negative. 46. Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. The entire people of God proclaims the Gospel. To give but one example, in the dialogue with our Orthodox brothers and sisters, we Catholics have the opportunity to learn more about the meaning of episcopal collegiality and their experience of synodality. Nor should our loving response to God be seen simply as an accumulation of small personal gestures to individuals in need, a kind of “charity à la carte”, or a series of acts aimed solely at easing our conscience. [200] But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in turn bring others to a communitarian experience of journeying towards God. Mt 13, 24-30) and can always pleasantly surprise us. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself”.[119]. These religious movements, not without a certain shrewdness, come to fill, within a predominantly individualistic culture, a vacuum left by secularist rationalism. 136. We ask the Mother of the living Gospel to intercede that this invitation to a new phase of evangelization will be accepted by the entire ecclesial community. Not only do they share in the sensus fidei, but in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded. Faith also means believing in God, believing that he truly loves us, that he is alive, that he is mysteriously capable of intervening, that he does not abandon us and that he brings good out of evil by his power and his infinite creativity. Simplicity and clarity are two different things. A mere glance at the Scriptures is enough to make us see how our gracious Father wants to hear the cry of the poor: “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. 8 cons. Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations. It was full of people: “…I constantly pray with you in every one of my prayers for all of you… because I hold you in my heart” (Phil 1:4, 7). Great is your faithfulness… It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lam 3:17, 21-23, 26). 135. 259. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. Ouvrons le débat! They are capable of fostering relationships and not just enabling escapism. Jesus leaves us the Eucharist as the Church’s daily remembrance of, and deeper sharing in, the event of his Passover (cf. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. In her song of praise, Mary proclaims: “My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour” (Lk 1:47). Even if many are now involved in the lay ministries, this involvement is not reflected in a greater penetration of Christian values in the social, political and economic sectors. Those wounded by historical divisions find it difficult to accept our invitation to forgiveness and reconciliation, since they think that we are ignoring their pain or are asking them to give up their memory and ideals. Mt 13:24-30) graphically illustrates an important aspect of evangelization: the enemy can intrude upon the kingdom and sow harm, but ultimately he is defeated by the goodness of the wheat. We want to have better training, a deepening love and a clearer witness to the Gospel. [20] In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. Mt 28:19). Through her many titles, often linked to her shrines, Mary shares the history of each people which has received the Gospel and she becomes a part of their historic identity. Better yet, it means learning to find Jesus in the faces of others, in their voices, in their pleas. What is essential is that the preacher be certain that God loves him, that Jesus Christ has saved him and that his love always has the last word. [99] John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Asia (6 November 1999), 21: AAS 92 (2000), 482-484. The wisdom literature sees almsgiving as a concrete exercise of mercy towards those in need: “Almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away every sin” (Tob 12:9). Newman, Letter of 26 January 1833, in The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, vol. It reduces the negative impact of a busy composition by acting as a buffer, an area in which the eye can rest. The joy of the Gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything (cf. It is constant thankfulness: “I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor 1:4); “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Phil 1:3). The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: “Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? cit., IV, 5, 24: PL 16, 463: “Those who ate manna died; those who eat this body will obtain the forgiveness of their sins”; Saint Cyril of Alexandria, In Joh. A supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. You can find more of Goodden’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. I am grateful for the beautiful example given to me by so many Christians who joyfully sacrifice their lives and their time. The Holy Spirit works as he wills, when he wills and where he wills; we entrust ourselves without pretending to see striking results. It is the convergence of peoples who, within the universal order, maintain their own individuality; it is the sum total of persons within a society which pursues the common good, which truly has a place for everyone. Reducing everything to the bare minimum, the result is a set of photographs that are easy to absorb and perfect to compliment interiors. Nor do I believe that the papal magisterium should be expected to offer a definitive or complete word on every question which affects the Church and the world. [177] Here I would make my own the touching and prophetic lament voiced some years ago by the bishops of the Philippines: “An incredible variety of insects lived in the forest and were busy with all kinds of tasks… Birds flew through the air, their bright plumes and varying calls adding color and song to the green of the forests… God intended this land for us, his special creatures, but not so that we might destroy it and turn it into a wasteland… After a single night’s rain, look at the chocolate brown rivers in your locality and remember that they are carrying the life blood of the land into the sea… How can fish swim in sewers like the Pasig and so many more rivers which we have polluted? Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. 127. 158. Jesus can also break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Rom 5:5). How many wars take place within the people of God and in our different communities! What is real gives way to appearances. 117. This attitude becomes a prayer of gratitude to God for others. He senses Jesus alive with him in the midst of the missionary enterprise. Missionary disciples accompany missionary disciples. Just as all of us like to be spoken to in our mother tongue, so too in the faith we like to be spoken to in our “mother culture,” our native language (cf. We should not think, however, that the Gospel message must always be communicated by fixed formulations learned by heart or by specific words which express an absolutely invariable content. We would realize that missionary outreach is paradigmatic for all the Church’s activity. In our world, especially in some countries, different forms of war and conflict are re-emerging, yet we Christians remain steadfast in our intention to respect others, to heal wounds, to build bridges, to strengthen relationships and to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2). There has been a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the laity in the Church. With reference to the social sciences, for example, John Paul II said that the Church values their research, which helps her “to derive concrete indications helpful for her magisterial mission”. One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, “sourpusses”. 31. This involves not only recognizing and discerning spirits, but also – and this is decisive – choosing movements of the spirit of good and rejecting those of the spirit of evil. In this way they will have an experience of being listened to and understood; they will know that their particular situation has been placed before God, and that God’s word really speaks to their lives. We see his sensitivity in allowing a sinful woman to anoint his feet (cf. Underlying popular piety, as a fruit of the inculturated Gospel, is an active evangelizing power which we must not underestimate: to do so would be to fail to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the “eternal Gospel” (Rev 14:6); he “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8), yet his riches and beauty are inexhaustible. [63] J. Ratzinger, The Current Situation of Faith and Theology. It is also true that at times greater emphasis is placed on the outward expressions and traditions of some groups, or on alleged private revelations which would replace all else, than on the impulse of Christian piety. The Gospel has an intrinsic principle of totality: it will always remain good news until it has been proclaimed to all people, until it has healed and strengthened every aspect of humanity, until it has brought all men and women together at table in God’s kingdom. [158] Conferência Nacional Dos Bispos Do Brazil, Exigências evangélicas e éticas de superação da miséria e da fome” (April 2002), Introduction, 2. By so doing we will know the missionary joy of sharing life with God’s faithful people as we strive to light a fire in the heart of the world. The Synod reaffirmed that the new evangelization is a summons addressed to all and that it is carried out in three principal settings.[10]. I will treat them more fully because I believe that they will shape the future of humanity. 226. It is not so much concerned with pointing out what shouldn’t be done, but with suggesting what we can do better. Full of joy in the Spirit, he blesses the Father who draws the little ones to him: “I thank you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes” (Lk 10:21). 61. Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. They help so many people to be healed or to die in peace in makeshift hospitals. 208. We implore her maternal intercession that the Church may become a home for many peoples, a mother for all peoples, and that the way may be opened to the birth of a new world. These efforts, therefore, can also express love for truth. In a culture paradoxically suffering from anonymity and at the same time obsessed with the details of other people’s lives, shamelessly given over to morbid curiosity, the Church must look more closely and sympathetically at others whenever necessary. Whenever we do so, our lives become wonderfully complicated and we experience intensely what it is to be a people, to be part of a people. Pumps operate by some mechanism (typically reciprocating … It involves knowing with certitude that all those who entrust themselves to God in love will bear good fruit (cf. [66] J.H. Because we do not always see these seeds growing, we need an interior certainty, a conviction that God is able to act in every situation, even amid apparent setbacks: “We have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Cor 4:7). [51] These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. [48] This warning, issued many centuries ago, is most timely today. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty. 50. These are words that are suitable in theology or catechesis, but whose meaning is incomprehensible to the majority of Christians. Helping our people to feel that they live in the midst of these two embraces is the difficult but beautiful task of one who preaches the Gospel. Disillusioned with reality, with the Church and with themselves, they experience a constant temptation to cling to a faint melancholy, lacking in hope, which seizes the heart like “the most precious of the devil’s potions”. All of them help give shape to a definite style of evangelization which I ask you to adopt in every activity which you undertake. Those who have fallen into this worldliness look on from above and afar, they reject the prophecy of their brothers and sisters, they discredit those who raise questions, they constantly point out the mistakes of others and they are obsessed by appearances. Here, “the creation” refers to every aspect of human life; consequently, “the mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ has a universal destination. Each portion of the people of God, by translating the gift of God into its own life and in accordance with its own genius, bears witness to the faith it has received and enriches it with new and eloquent expressions. Complements are colors that are opposite each other on the colors wheel. We must recognize that if part of our baptized people lack a sense of belonging to the Church, this is also due to certain structures and the occasionally unwelcoming atmosphere of some of our parishes and communities, or to a bureaucratic way of dealing with problems, be they simple or complex, in the lives of our people. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman. Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out, but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the “peripheries” in need of the light of the Gospel. [211] If we think that things are not going to change, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death and is now almighty. When Jesus begins his ministry, John cries out: “For this reason, my joy has been fulfilled” (Jn 3:29). The Father’s free gift which makes us his sons and daughters, and the priority of the gift of his grace (cf. This is a tremendous corruption disguised as a good. This is an important principle of biblical interpretation which recognizes that the Holy Spirit has inspired not just a part of the Bible, but the Bible as a whole, and that in some areas people have grown in their understanding of God’s will on the basis of their personal experience. Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of hope! It is not the task of the Pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality, but I do exhort all the communities to an “ever watchful scrutiny of the signs of the times”. Examples: This epochal change has been set in motion by the enormous qualitative, quantitative, rapid and cumulative advances occuring in the sciences and in technology, and by their instant application in different areas of nature and of life. Whenever the sciences – rigorously focused on their specific field of inquiry – arrive at a conclusion which reason cannot refute, faith does not contradict it. It can also translate into a concern to be seen, into a social life full of appearances, meetings, dinners and receptions. [115] It is good for us to renew our fervour each day and every Sunday as we prepare the homily, examining ourselves to see if we have grown in love for the word which we preach. Many of them also have a deep conviction that their life, in its entirety, is from God and for God. 148. When Saint Paul approached the apostles in Jerusalem to discern whether he was “running or had run in vain” (Gal 2:2), the key criterion of authenticity which they presented was that he should not forget the poor (cf. We have to state, without mincing words, that there is an inseparable bond between our faith and the poor. Every form of catechesis would do well to attend to the “way of beauty” (via pulchritudinis). 276. Mary, who brought him into the world with great faith, also accompanies “the rest of her offspring, those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus” (Rev 12:17). [8]  Adversus Haereses, IV, c. 34, n. 1: PG 7, pars prior, 1083: “ Omnem novitatem attulit, semetipsum afferens”. I want to be completely honest in this regard. It is up to the Christian communities to analyze with objectivity the situation which is proper to their own country”.[152]. Jan 6, 2021 - Explore Lgs Artists CR's board "Positive/negative space drawing" on Pinterest. [108] Cf. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. 4, ad 1). [71] H. De Lubac, Méditation sur l’Église, Paris, 1968, 321. Rather than experts in dire predictions, dour judges bent on rooting out every threat and deviation, we should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel. This is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even ecclesial circles. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved. [208] John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Missio (7 December 1990), 45: AAS 83 (1991), 292. Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them. Seminaries cannot accept candidates on the basis of any motivation whatsoever, especially if those motivations have to do with affective insecurity or the pursuit of power, human glory or economic well-being. In your heart you know that it is not the same to live without him; what you have come to realize, what has helped you to live and given you hope, is what you also need to communicate to others. 79. If a text was written to console, it should not be used to correct errors; if it was written as an exhortation, it should not be employed to teach doctrine; if it was written to teach something about God, it should not be used to expound various theological opinions; if it was written as a summons to praise or missionary outreach, let us not use it to talk about the latest news. 264. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule. A theology – and not simply a pastoral theology – which is in dialogue with other sciences and human experiences is most important for our discernment on how best to bring the Gospel message to different cultural contexts and groups. 229. The sower, when he sees weeds sprouting among the grain does not grumble or overreact. 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