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OCTOBER ISSUE
The Power of Money
In this highly capitalistic society, money dictates the rules and profit seems to be the highest priority, putting fundamental human values of solidarity and justice at the margins of our daily living. However, money in itself is not evil. We all need money to meet our daily needs, provide for our families, and carry out our different fronts of mission, ad intra and ad extra, in the Church. What is malignant is the desire to accumulate, ignoring the needs of others in the process, and the unscrupulous usury of money in fake charity, exploiting the poor even further. Money has the power to corrupt, harden, and even destroy our hearts, taking away the credibility of our being Church. However, it also has the power to rebuild lives, restore dignity, and bring back the joy of a decent human life to millions who are deprived of it by poverty, exploitation, and oppression. We are called to be a "Church of the Poor," good stewards and not owners of the blessings received.

 
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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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NEWS UPDATES
FOOD
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says access to food is becoming a major concern for many people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. [...]
 
SOUTH KOREA
A former Korean ambassador to the Holy See spoke of the effects of Pope Francis` recent visit to South Korea, saying that all of Asia now feels a long-term challenge to imitate his humble ways [...]
 

 

 
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
"The crisis of marriage and the family has been increased by individualism in the contemporary society, breakdown of morals, attacks on the family unit, poverty and unemployment."
- From the final communique of the 18th Plenary Assembly of AMECEA (Association of Members of the Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa). www.fides.org

"The great danger in today`s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience."
- Pope Francis, in his message for the World Mission Day, 2014

"The Gospel is newness! The Gospel is celebration! And the Gospel can only be fully lived in a heart joyful and renewed."
- Pope Francis, in his homily at St. Martha`s House, on September 5.


 
WM SPECIALS & SELECTED FEATURES
  • Right to Land
    The still-being-promised land
  • Spirit and Power
    Power and the Sacraments
  • Dignity and Justice
    The travesty of social justice
  • Between Arms and Peace
    Still up in arms
  • From Death to Life
    Witnesses to the Light
  • Journalism today: A choice between market and people
  • Fear and Relicion
    Love is stronger than fear
  • GMO`s Agribusiness
    Words can`t feed the hungry
  • Francis: The People`s Pope
    The Reasons of our Joy
  • Death: A celebration and continuity of life
  • Protagonists of a Lay Path
    THE EARLY CHURCH: A lay initiative
  • Youth at the Crossroads
    In pursuit of purpose
  • Announcing the Faith
    Exploring true belief
  • The World Behind Bars
    Millions caged like animals
  • Church`s Challenges
    The Challenges Within
  • Time to join in
    Spirit and Mission
  • Sparing Lives
    A Disastrous Legacy
  • New Areopagus
    New Challenges, New Approaches
  • Meant for Peace Yet Ready for War
    The Peacemakers` Way
  • The Light of Hope
    Waiting in Joy
  • Ecology and Mission
    The Following of Jesus
  • Mission in Asia
    An Evangelizer`s Guide
  • Everybody`s Business
    A Thirsty World in Danger
  • A Liberating Feeling
    The Gist of an Unparalleled Event
  • Celebrating with joy
    A Laughing God
  • The Humanitarian Market
    After the Gold Rush
  • Popular Religiosity
    A Hidden Treasure
  • Signs of God`s care
    Journey of Communion
  • Faith and Science
    A Wonderful Adventure
  • The Way to the Heart of Asia
    Mother Teresa`s Way
  • Caretakers of Life and Justice
    A life in dialogue with God
  • A Gift of God
    Forgiving does not mean Forgetting
  • The Tragic Face of War
    Peace is possible
  • International Year of Forests
    The trees of life
  • Indigenous Peoples of Asia
    Preserving the pride and the dignity of the people
  • Preferential love for the poor
    A task for all Christians
  • An Eternal "Yes"
    Mary’s Spirit-filled journey
  • There is no life without death
    Filipinos and the departed
  • The Same Mission
    My Challenges as a Missionary
  • The Holy Land
    Fighting the Exodus and Spiritual Extinction
  • Helping to Build a Just Society
  • Mission`s Spirit
    The Spirit of Life
  • Women and War
    Double Victims
  • A Personal and Cosmic Way of the Cross
  • Weaknesses and Strengths of Catholic Teaching
  • Saving Children
  • Church`s Social Teaching
    The Silent Revolution
  • Searching for Jesus
    Searching For Jesus At Christmas
  • The Pope`s Social Vision
    A Deep Insight And A Few Omissions
  • The Power of Kindness
    The Scandal Of Food Waste
  • Nobody Owns Nature
  • Underground Curses of the World
  • Land Grab For The World’s Farms
  • A Land Torn Apart
  • Feeding The World
    The ‘Top Ten’ Humanitarian Crises
  • Taking Care Of God’s Reflection
    The Earth Is God’s Mirror
  • A Dialogue of Love
    The Dialogue Mission
  • Life’s Peace Awards
  • The Joy Of Christmas
    The Huge Cost Of Greed
  • A Filipino Portrait
    A Portrait Full Of Light And Shadows
  • Asia’s Legacy To The World
    The Treasures From Asia
  • Side Effects Of Climate Change
    A Menace To Tourism And The Poor
  • The Communication Challenge
    The Big Challenge
  • The Heart Of The Mission
    An Inevitable Personal Process
  • The Fragrance Of Jesus
    The Dialogue Of Life
  • Healing Lives
    A Country Held Hostage By Drugs
  • A Changing Image
    Olympics: A Bad Human Rights Performance
  • A Menace To The Poorest
    Green Hope Or A Great Swindle
  • Hoping For Peace
    Dialogue For Peace
  • Save God`s Gift
    Ethics And Climate Change
  • A Changing Mission
    Mission As A Gift
  • A Fundamental Human Right
    The Precious Oil Of Wisdom
  • Caring For The Slum Dwellers
    The Planet Of Slums
  • Dangerous Drugs
    Dying From Sickness And "Cure"
  • A Violent World
    God’s Key To Peace
  • Spoiling God’s Gift
    Red Alert
  • Global Injustice
    The Question Of Distribution
  • Protecting The Right To Life
  • A Portrait Of The Church
    The communication challenge
  • The Christian - Buddhist Dialogue
    Women in Church
  • The meeting point
  • Uganda: A Forgotten Drama
    A humanitarian drama
  • Older than Christianity
    Behind the media show
  • Earth A Growing Desert
    Desertification Land Impoverishment
  • Fiction: The Call of Mission
    Mission in Fiction
  • Climate Keep It Cooler
  • Building Solidarity
    The Naming of a Nomad
  • Respect for Nature
    Christianity And The Health Of Our Environment
  • Sharing the Light
    We Are All Priests
  • Embracing Peace
    Spiritual Quest
  • Educating the Future
    Positive Influence
  • Mission Without Borders
    Missionary Model
  • Body Mind Soul
    Path To Enlightenment
  • Rice is Life
    Celebrating Rice
  • Future Enslaved
    Endangering the Future
  • Is there a Future for Mission?
    Listening to Experience
  • Islam in Asia
    Complex Contrasts
  • Crossing the Seas
    Beyond The Borders Beyond The Margins
  • Cherishing our Earth
    Climate Change: The Facts
  • Praying With Your Feet
    An African Experience of Pilgrimage
  • A Woman from Samaria
  • A Missionary Heart
  • A Saint for the World


 

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