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The Joy of the Gospel
The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium | Pope Francis
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The perfect gift! A specially priced, beautifully designed hardcover edition of The Joy of the Gospel with a foreword by Robert Barron and an afterword by James Martin, SJ. “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” – Pope Francis This special edition of Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.” Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth. Includes a foreword by Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage From the Hardcover edition.
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#PopeFrancis, nailing part of the modern condition and the Church's role in combatting isolation. #EvangeliiGaudium #Catholic

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It seems nearly impossible to sum up in so few words how much I loved this exhortation. Pope Francis calls for a renewed evangelization based on our joy because of our personal encounter with Jesus. This ever-renewing source of life (joy) is what gives the Gospel it's meaning in every age. The book is challenging, explicitly calling us to "enter fully into the fabric of society, sharing the lives of all, listening to their concerns, helping them

jessamyngrace materially and spiritually in their needs, rejoicing with those who rejoice, weeping with those who weep; arm in arm with others, we are committed to building a new world. But we do so not from a sense of obligation, not as a burdensome duty, but as the result of a personal decision which brings us joy and gives meaning to our lives." Amen. Let us live this call to renewed devotion and evangelization. 1y
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When we live out a spirituality of drawing nearer to others and seeking their welfare, our hearts are opened wide to the Lord's greatest and most beautiful gifts.

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Yes.

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On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over & over: 'Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen & free you'.... [This proclamation] is first in a qualitative sense because it is the principle proclamation, the one which we must hear again & again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another...at every level & moment.

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The challenge of an inculturated preaching consists in proclaiming a synthesis, not ideas or detached values. Where your synthesis is, there lies your heart. The difference between enlightening people with a synthesis and doing so with detached ideas is like the difference between boredom and heartfelt fervor.... The dialogue between God and his people further strengthens the covenant between them and consolidates the bond of charity.

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"Even if the homily at times may be somewhat tedious, if this maternal and ecclesial spirit is present, it will always bear fruit, just as the tedious counsels of a mother bear fruit, in due time, in the hearts of her children."

Needed some encouragement this morning. #motherhoodcanbehard

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It is he [the Holy Spirit] who brings forth a rich variety of gifts, while at the same time creating a unity which is never uniformity but a multifaceted & inviting harmony.... We would not do justice to the logic of the incarnation if we thought of Christianity as monoculture and monotonous. While it is true that some cultures have been closely associated with the preaching of the Gospel...the revealed message is... transcultural.

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The elderly bring with them memory and wisdom of experience, which warns us not to foolishly repeat our past mistakes. Young people can is to renewed & expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity & open us up to the future, lest we cling to a nostalgia for structures & customs which are no longer life-giving in today's world.

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Today, our challenge is not so much atheism as the need to respond adequately to many people's thirst for God.... Unless these people find in the Church a spirituality which can offer healing & liberation, and fill them with life & peace, while at the same time summoning them to fraternal communion & missionary fruitfulness, they will end up by being taken in by solutions which neither make life truly human not give glory to God.

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This entire passage offers so many things to think on and ponder.

"This opinion [trickle-down theories], which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting."

jessamyngrace "Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people's pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else's responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us." 2y
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Quoting Benedict XVI:

"Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction."

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"We are not here to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life."

- Pope John XXIII

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From the Forward by Bishop Robert Barron:

"This evangelical urgency... is the leitmotif of the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. He knows that if Catholicism leads with its doctrines it will devolve into an intellectual debating society, and that if it leads with its moral teaching it will appear... fussy and puritanical. It should lead today as it led 2000 years ago, with the stunning news that Jesus Christ is the Lord."