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SEPTEMBER ISSUE
The Promised Land
One of the blunt injustices in the Philippines, and in many other countries, is the shocking contrast between the few who amass vast areas of land and the poor farmers often deprived of their own survival. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, up to a quarter of the world`s population is estimated to be landless, including 200 million people living in rural areas. Failed agrarian reform programs, the greed of several landowners, the false promises made by politicians, and the many difficulties encountered by those who advocate the fair distribution of lands, have culminated in a mere notion of a "promised land" to the poor farmers. These have not only impoverished the farmers and crushed the hopes and dreams of their families, but have threatened the food security of the country as well. Land constitutes the main asset from which the rural poor are able to derive a livelihood. Thus, access to land is important for development and poverty reduction.

 
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 WM SPECIAL | ANNOUNCING THE FAITH
Exploring true belief
"Faith is more than intellectual assent, more than hope in what God will do without us; it is also a present participation in the work that God is doing - that is to say, in the task (mission) to bring forth justice to nations." This apparently simple definition, by a theologian, helps us to begin to understand the implications of saying: "I believe."
By FR. JAMES KROEGER | THEOLOGIAN

For a deeper appreciation of the “faith-mission” relationship, one necessarily must delve into the meaning and dimensions of the gift of faith. A simple, descriptive definition of faith can serve us: Faith includes our whole life in God, Father, Son and Spirit; it is our free, reasonable, and total response to a loving, Trinitarian God – and His personal revelation. Another brief description might be: Faith is a fundamental act or disposition by which human beings respond to God’s revelation and then enter into a saving relationship with a personal God.

       Traditionally, faith was clarified with the terms: fides quae and fides qua. Fides quae (“faith which”) refers to the knowledge and acceptance of revealed truth as content, teaching, doctrine, or dogma. The Church has always had a concern for correct doctrine; this involves knowledge and an intellectual assent to propositions which describe the very content of what is believed. Fides qua (“faith by which”) refers to a personal, self-surrendering act of trust to a personal God who reveals His inner divine life and invites individuals into a personal relationship of communion and friendship. Belief in doctrinal teaching is integral and necessary for a complete understanding of faith; yet it is secondary and subordinate. The primary and essential element is one’s personal commitment to the God of love, revealed definitively in the person of Christ. The Youcat (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) defines faith using these two traditional categories: “Faith is knowledge and trust” (No. 21). 

       A contemporary, integral understanding of faith certainly incorporates these two dimensions; however, emphasis is also to be placed on a third aspect of faith. One might term this third dimension the “missionary” or “witnessing” dimension of faith. Emerging from one’s personal friendship with God in Christ, as well as a genuine acceptance of revealed truths, one actively seeks to share one’s God-experience with others; one is impelled into mission, desiring to evangelize others. One’s faith-encounter leads to active witness and dynamic evangelization. Thus, faith demands entrusting oneself to God, knowledge and acceptance of basic Church teaching, and a dynamic commitment to spread the faith, to “tell the world of His love!” Indeed, where one or another of these three characteristics is lacking, faith must be judged to be immature or imperfect.

       Schematic Expressions of Integral Faith. The three pivotal elements essential to a complete understanding of faith can be expressed using a variety of terms and images; although various expressions are employed, the same three dimensions of faith are always expressed. A schematic – and often alliterative – presentation will hopefully elucidate the profound meaning of holistic faith. And, at the same time, one will perceive why mission and evangelization are always integral to genuine faith. Blessed John Paul II’s assertion that “Mission is an issue of faith” (RM 11) is probably best understood within this triple perspective of faith. Faith always includes (see illustration below):



 

       Various Approaches to Understanding Faith. The Jesuit Cardinal Avery Dulles wrote extensively on many areas within theology. Among his significant contributions, one finds his effective application of the use of “models” within theology. His first very successful work in 1974 was Models of the Church where he presented a popular, yet balanced and integrated theology of the Church. Dulles went on to apply models to other areas such as revelation and faith. His “models method” aims to be a simple and helpful approach to both grasp and express a multifaceted theological reality. A model functions by encompassing several elements in one heuristic structure; it progressively opens one to a deeper penetration of a complex and even mysterious reality – like faith itself.


 
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SCIENCE
Every year, hundreds of women from China, Hong Kong and Australia arrive in Bangkok to undergo a particular type of IVF – In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer – which allows them to choose the sex of their unborn child. [...]
 
GLOBAL
Global urban population is expected to increase by another 2.5 billion people by 2050 from current levels of 3.9 billion or 54% of population, with the greatest growth expected in India, China and Nigeria, according to the 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospect. [...]
 

 

 
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"The solution to the problem of migration requires a profound cultural and social conversion that enables a closed culture to transform into a culture of welcome and encounter."
- Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, speaking on migration and human dignity, during his Mexico visit last July. www.zenit.org.

"I think we have become closed systems, unnatural and detached. And, therefore, we are not at home in this cosmos. We are not at home in nature, and we`re not at home with one another. We are literally lost in space."
- Idem, Ibidem

"We emerge out of this long, cosmic process we call evolution. But evolution is about deep relationality. We are created for love, and that`s what keeps pulling us onward."
- Sr. Ilia Delio, in her keynote address, at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Aug. 14 in Kissimmee, Fla. www.ncronline.org


 
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    Love is stronger than fear
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  • Announcing the Faith
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    Millions caged like animals
  • Church`s Challenges
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    Spirit and Mission
  • Sparing Lives
    A Disastrous Legacy
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    New Challenges, New Approaches
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    The Peacemakers` Way
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    Waiting in Joy
  • Ecology and Mission
    The Following of Jesus
  • Mission in Asia
    An Evangelizer`s Guide
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    A Thirsty World in Danger
  • A Liberating Feeling
    The Gist of an Unparalleled Event
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    A Laughing God
  • The Humanitarian Market
    After the Gold Rush
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    A Hidden Treasure
  • Signs of God`s care
    Journey of Communion
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    A Wonderful Adventure
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    Mother Teresa`s Way
  • Caretakers of Life and Justice
    A life in dialogue with God
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    Forgiving does not mean Forgetting
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    Peace is possible
  • International Year of Forests
    The trees of life
  • Indigenous Peoples of Asia
    Preserving the pride and the dignity of the people
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    A task for all Christians
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    Mary’s Spirit-filled journey
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    My Challenges as a Missionary
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    Fighting the Exodus and Spiritual Extinction
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  • Mission`s Spirit
    The Spirit of Life
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    A Deep Insight And A Few Omissions
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    The Dialogue Mission
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    A Portrait Full Of Light And Shadows
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    An Inevitable Personal Process
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    Positive Influence
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