ries of both have formed our church’s
spirit. Peter’s ministry was one of
reconciliation and unity. Working
from the vantage point of the Jewish
Christian community of Jerusalem, Peter exercised his mission in
keeping the pieces of the burgeoning community together. Paul, on
the other hand, injected into that
church a restive spirit of mission and
a passion for bold ideas, the apostle
of dramatic change and God’s new
possibilities. He was a champion for
the freedom of God’s great, world-embracing spirit.
it is truly an incredible time,
an auspicious time, for anyone who
seeks to live a profound Christian
life in our culture—but how much
more so for those who aspire to be
ministers of the gospel in the pattern
of the Crucified Christ, from whose
selfless death came abundant life for
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love for the world: “Can anything
separate us from the love of God?
“nothing,” he says in the
most soaring passage of his letters,
“nothing, neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able
to separate us from the love of God in
Christ Jesus” (Romans 8: 38-39).
This article was adapted from an address Father Donald Senior, O.P. gave
at the 2008 Convocation of the
national Religious Vocation Conference (nRVC) in Louisville, Kentucky.
The very essence of leadership is that you
have to have vision. You
can’t blow an uncertain
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Paul’s enduring legacy
in the church of Rome we know that
two apostles are to be remembered.
Both Paul and Peter ministered to
that church; both died there in testimony to their faith; and the memo-
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