Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation in November 2013 to all the Catholics in the world. He urged Catholics and other Christians to share the good news by tending to the wounds of all people, especially the poor and marginalized, in a caring manner. The Catholic Church needs to be an instrument of change in the world, not self-preservation, he wrote. He calls for decentralization of authority and control. The title of the letter is "Joy of the Gospel." This book quotes various parts of the letter and includes 34 sets of questions for reflection. It can be used in many ways: 1) Individual reading and reflection to become more knowledgeable of the Catholic Church and staying in tune with current papal thinking. . 2) Day of retreat for Catholic groups. A facilitator can easily guide the group discussion with the many questions provided in the book. 3) Parish staff studying and planning a course of action. This would involve a more detailed study with follow-up discussions and decision making for implementation of a plan for the parish. 4) Parish wide renewal to become a missionary church. 5) Diocesan study and reflection on an action plan for the diocese. This could be in conjunction with any of the above or separate to give parishes some guidance in their reflections. The book includes suggestions for group discussion and reporting to the pastor. For volume discounts on the study guide, contact the author at email@example.com or go to his website at www.thisonly.org. The complete "Joy of the Gospel" is available in book form at booksellers on line and at stores. It can be downloaded for free from the Vatican website at http: //www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html "I am very grateful for your fine book and the wonderful way you brought out the contents of the Pope's wonderful message." Fr. John J. Thome, retired priest of the Saginaw diocese. "I have my copy almost entirely underlined. I will surely use your commentary on "Joy of the Gospel" at THE FRANCIS FACTOR CONFERENCE on August 31-September 1 at the CAC." Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM Center for Action and contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Other books by Norbert Bufka: Copy and past the URL into the address bar. "The Care of Our Common Home" http: //www.createspace.com/ 5630131 The Nicene Creed https: //www.createspace.com/4718567 Good Harbor Michigan https: //www.createspace.com/4463486 News from the Neighborhood https: //www.createspace.com/4504249 From Bohemia to Good Harbor (2nd edition) http: //www.createspace.com/5215114
From the medicine we take, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear to even the beer we drink, statistics give shape to everything we do. Yet, for all their ubiquity, most of us really don't know what to make of statistics. Exploring the history, mathematics, philosophy and practical use of statistics, this brand-new Introducing title will be of interest to anyone perplexed by the jungle of numbers in which we all live.
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Just hours away from being aborted A child of divorce Twice adopted Three different last names by the age of 16 Married the love of my life who - 48 years later - promised me, "Your life will be hell!" 4 times displaced from my home Emotionally abused A casualty in the war of divorce Left heavily in debt, with little resources and a bad credit rating Can anything good come from such a life?!? Absolutely, if God is in it. When I was 12, I met Jesus. That began a love affair that still continues to grow. Family interference started two years later with restrictions as to when and if I could go to church. During those disappointing, tough teen years, I found two Scriptures that became my solid foundation: 1 John 3 - reinforced my identity and revealed my characteristics as God's child. Sadly, so many people today live in spiritual poverty because they don't know who they are. But that's another book. Ephesians 4:11 - became my life verse. It taught me that contentment wasn't dependent on where I was or what I had. It gave me a mindset based on God. He was in control of my life. Wherever He placed me and whatever my circumstances were, I was there for a purpose - a purpose that would glorify Him and benefit me. So, what then is God's take on forgiveness? The answer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. When we meet His conditions, God promised to forgive our sins and heal our land. To me, 'land' means what farmers need to produce their crops. I'm not a farmer. What, then, is my land that God will heal? What are my crops? Land in the physical brings forth fruit. So it is in the spiritual. My very existence is the land that God heals. When I am forgiven, I am in a position to receive healing from the wounds caused by those sins - whether my sins or other people's. As that healing takes place, my capacity to produce spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22, 23) increases. Unfortunately, people - like my husband - stop at the 'forgiveness' step. Never receiving God's healing leaves the soil of their lives uncultivated. Journey with me through these pages. Listen to a dialogue between God and his child as He shares insights of His actions. Visit with biblical characters and learn of their feelings, fears and thoughts on forgiveness. Discover the process to find out who exactly needs forgiving. Read God's letters explaining His point of view on 'loving our enemies.' Come. Take my hand as we walk through the field of Forgiveness, God-Style.
Understand that your past does not define who you are, that your fears and insecurities can be replaced with the truth of God's Word, and that when you truly encounter God, you will discover who you are. Are you satisfied with your life? Do you ever feel lost, insecure, disconnected? Do you ever feel like you need more power or just more of God?
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