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S+L BLOG: Apostolic Exhortation



What a time to be alive! Pope Francis has just concluded an intense three-week meeting with his brother bishops and cardinals and the whole world is abuzz! Officially, it was called the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary ...read more
It is difficult to believe there are countries in the world where suffering is an every day reality. The pope delivered the post-synodal exhortation “Africae Munus” about the Catholic Church in Africa last November, focusing on the need for change.  Today the news coming out of Africa is mainly about the starvation in the Horn ...read more
Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini has been called the most important document on the Bible in 45 years. The Exhortation is the result of the October 2008 General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, which was dedicated to “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.” ...read more
Today’s first reading from the book of Deuteronomy (11:18, 26-28) sets the stage for our Scripture texts today, and offers us a wide-angle view of the biblical journey of the past weeks and a lens into Matthew’s Gospel. They are very fitting readings as we interrupt ordinary time and prepare to enter into the season ...read more
The Scripture readings for today issue three calls to us– to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let us begin our reflections this week by considering the words of the ...read more
Matthew’s Gospel reflects the situation of the early Church after the destruction of Jerusalem (70 A.D.). Throughout the Gospel, Jesus affirms the permanent validity of the Law (Mt 5:18-19), but in a new interpretation, given with full authority (Mt 5:21-48). Jesus “fulfils” the Law (Mt 5:17) by radicalizing it: at times he abolishes the letter ...read more