Thursday, January 23, 2014
REQUIESCAT IN PACE, PENNY LORD--SHE AND HER HUSBAND UNDERSTOOD THE NEW EVANGELIZATION AND THIS WAS PRIOR TO POPE FRANCIS!
This is what Pope Francis has to say about popular devotions in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium:
Popular piety enables us to see how the faith, once received, becomes embodied in a culture and is constantly passed on. Once looked down upon (in the early post-Vatican II period), popular piety came to be appreciated once more in the decades following the Council....On (my) beloved (South American) continent, where many Christians express their faith through popular piety, the bishops refer to it as "popular spirituality" or "the people's mysticism". It is truly "a spirituality incarnated in the culture of the lowly."
...Underlying popular piety, as a fruit of the inculturated Gospel, is an active evangelizing power which we must not underestimate: to do so would be to fail to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit. Instead, we are called to promote and strengthen it, in order to deepen the never-ending process of inculturation. Expressions of popular piety have much to teach us; for those who are capable of reading them, they are the locus theolgoicus which demands our attention, especially at a time when we are looking to the new evangelization...