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Ministries, Charisms, Fruits - 3 Teachers

Sunday, May 17, 2009
St Paul speaks of the place of church teachers within the context of different ministries’ or positions of service within the church community. From the outset this needs to be seen, that the position of teachers is one at the service of the community for the building up of the church and the affirmation of the belief of the faithful in Christ. In Romans 12:6-8 this is clearly shown, teaching is spoken of as one of a variety of church ministries: Read more

Ministries, Charisms, Fruits - 2 Prophets

Friday, May 15, 2009
Throughout the history of Israel there were many prophets and the stories of their lives and their writings have been handed down to us in the Old Testament. These venerable figures were inspired by God to perform a task, namely to prepare the people of Israel for the coming of God in the person of Jesus Christ. We also have an account in the Gospel of the most important of all of them, John the Baptist, whose mission was to 'prepare the way of the Lord'. All the prophets had a common task: they were sent by God as messengers to the people, bringing God's message to them. In the writings of Paul, we see however that prophecy continued to have an important role. This role was different to that of the Old Testament prophets and John the Baptist. It is not one of preparing the people for the coming of God as man. That event has already happened.  Read more

Ministries, Charisms, Fruits - 1 Apostles

Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Jubilee Year of St Paul

Wednesday, June 25, 2008
"You are the chosen instrument of God, Saint Paul, the apostle of the nations. You are the preacher of truth in all the world" Read more
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