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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Be led by the Spirit in the way of love

We are still finishing up Chapter Two in Gaudete et Exsultatae.

Pope Francis is speaking now about the new pelagians who seek justification by their own efforts, the worship of the human will and their own abilities. The result is a self-centered and elitist complacency, bereft of true love....rather, we should let ourselves "be led by the Spirit in the way of love" and spend time being "passionate about communicating the beauty and joy of the Gospel."

58. "Not infrequently, contrary to the promptings of the Spirit, the life of the Church can become a museum piece or the possession of a select few....the Gospel then tends to be reduced and constricted, deprived of its simplicity, allure and savor...."

59. "Once we believe that everything depends on human effort as channeled by ecclesial rules and structures, we unconsciously complicate the Gospel and become enslaved to a blueprint that leaves few openings for the workings of grace....

I am skipping some of each paragraph today so that I can finish the document tomorrow. You can always find the entire work on or, even better, get a copy of this wonderful Apostolic Exhortation for yourself to reread and pray over in the next weeks.

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