Bishop Porteous provides a very clear introduction to the phenomenon of the New Ecclesial Movements that have been active within the Church in the last century, particularly in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. Putting them in the context of Church history as a whole, the Bishop takes a very positive spin on the new movements and draws parallels from these movements to Benedictine monasticism and the mendicant order, the Fransiscans.
For Bishop Porteous, these movements are that 'breath of fresh air' that was envisioned by the Council Fathers at VII. The primary focus of the movements on encouraging growth in ordinary holiness for the laity is seen as a confirmation of their divine mandate at this stage in the history of the Church and the world at large.
Porteous' book is a concise and interesting introduction to the movements for Catholics who are interested in their growth and development and also the impact that they are having on the Church at large. His obvious enthusiasm for the topic is well communicated in his writing, but this makes his work somewhat lacking in critical reflection on the weaknesses or even dangers of some of these movements.
The book can be purchased online or at a local Catholic bookstore
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
“We are the people of life…” (EV 79). Following the initiative of the late, Great Pope John Paul II and his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae the #peopleoflife seeks to unite all who tweet with a prolife voice.
#peopleoflife is an initiative begun to promote a culture of life within the online community.
The #peopleoflife tag and twitter list is designed to work in conjunction with the #FF (Friday Follow), promoting those people who are active in promoting life issues and tweeting with a prolife voice. You are all invited to join us in building this online community by mentioning the names of those you follow who consistently share in this prolife voice, whether this is done explicitly or as part of an overall tone.
“With humility and gratitude we know that we are the people of life and for life, and this is how we present ourselves to everyone” (EV 78)
Love mother and baby. Abortion is no substitute for love.
“On our journey we are guided and sustained by the law of love: a love which has as its source and model the Son of God made man, who “by dying gave life to the world” (EV 79)