As I started writing this column about justice, I wondered what was the last book or essay I read that has excited me and motivated me as much as Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad.” I am hoping that every Catholic takes time to read the Holy Father’s Exhortation. It contains marvelous insights into the nature of holiness.
I am thinking of people I know who are very compassionate. They are very attractive people. They seem to be able to enter into the human mystery more deeply than the rest of us. They really are capable of sharing the suffering of others. Their reaction to the suffering of others is not an act, but springs from a genuine concern and ultimately from a real love.
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THERE IS A section in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” in which he comments on the Beatitudes. It is wonderfully provocative section filled with insights. Pointing out that the word “blessed” in the Beatitudes means “holy,” Pope Francis offers inspiring insights into what Jesus, in presenting the Beatitudes, has told us about holiness.
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THERE IS A section in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad,” in which the Holy Father comments on the heresy of pelagianism, the heresy that states that we can save ourselves by our own efforts without the help of God’s grace. There are several points that Pope Francis makes that I find both interesting and important.
I have long thought that some people are afraid of holiness. I guess I should include myself in that group. We seem to fear that holiness involves the shrinking of humanity, a denial of everything that we hold dear about being human. Of course, the opposite is the truth. Holiness is the fulfillment of humanity, the enriching of what is most wonderful about being human.
Father Robert Lauder and the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization, are presenting a Catholic Novel Series on select Mondays this fall.
Father Robert Lauder and the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, School of Evangelization, will present the 56th Friday Film Festival at the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center in Douglaston over six weeks this fall.
AT THIS TIME every summer I can feel my anticipation rising as I look forward to another film festival to be conducted at the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston.
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I AM HAVING the strangest experience in re-reading Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”). When I first read it weeks ago, I thought it was marvelous and I quickly decided to do a series of columns about it with the hope that I could motivate readers of my columns to read the exhortation
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I PROBABLY COULD not even list all the reasons why I am so enthusiastic about Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”). One of the reasons I think it is such an important document is that a kind of dualism has crept into the way some Catholics think about what is and what is not holy. We throw around the word “secular” so often that we can inadvertently think that there are only particular places that are sacred and certain actions that are holy. I think Pope Francis is trying to broaden our vision and deepen our appreciation of what our faith tells us about ourselves and the mystery of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. If by “secular” we mean some place in which God is not present, there is no such place.