Evangelii Gaudium: Out of the Comfort Zone

If we take joy in the Gospel, if it truly is Good News, we'll want to share it. More than that, Jesus gave us a positive and specific command just before his ascension: "Go and make disciples of all the nations." In paragraph 20 of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says this:In our day Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” echoes in the changing scenarios and ever new challenges to the Church’s mission of evangelization, and all of us are called to take part in this new missionary “going … [Read more...]

Evangelii Gaudium: Suffering and Hope

Contemplating the Cross

Pain and suffering are difficult by definition. Recently Calah Alexander took issue with people who tell her, "God will never give you anything you can't handle," because people are often overwhelmed by situations they simply do not have the resources to cope with. Telling such a person that "God will never give you anything you can't handle" can seem like a cruel joke: if only you were more in tune with God, it seems to say, you'd be coping with this.I think there are other ways to … [Read more...]

Evangelii Gaudium: God never tires of forgiving us

This question came up at RCIA this week: what's the difference between Peter and Judas? The Gospel says that Judas betrayed Jesus, and Peter denied him. One is vilified, one became pope. What's the deal?One obvious answer is that Judas delivered Jesus into the hands of those who would kill him, while Peter, hmm, well, he denied his Lord to save his skin. The two offenses aren't commensurate in human terms. But there's more to it than that: Peter repented, and sought forgiveness; Judas … [Read more...]