Blog Posts for "Apostles"

A Different Kind of Peace

Acts 14:19-28; John 14:27-31a At first glance, today’s readings seem to be a study in contrasts—hardship, hard work and an exhausting stream of activity by the apostles in Acts versus Jesus’ gift of his peace to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.  Do let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”—John 14:27 The world promises peace from the outside:  through wealth and security, by means of negotiation or imposition, through power, control...

Marks of the Church

St. Vincent Ferrer Acts 4:32-37; John 3:7b-15 “What are the four marks of the Church?” a catechist might ask her class of second graders preparing for First Communion.  There may be some silence.  After all, some of their parents may not be able to answer the question!  But hopefully at least one (if not all) will be able to answer, quoting what we know as the Nicene Creed:  “One, holy, Catholic and apostolic!” Today’s passage from Acts provides a different but certainly complementary list: United:  “The community of...

The Kerygma, Then and Now

Monday in the Octave of Easter Acts 2:14, 22-33; Matthew 28:8-15 The year 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.  One of the great discussions or debates within many parts of the Church at that time and in the succeeding years was whether or not Vatican II and its documents should be read with a hermeneutic of continuity or discontinuity, an elaboration of Tradition or a further development of it.  As in so many other areas of our life as a community of faith, the answer is “both.”  In fact, from the earliest days...

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