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'The Joy of the Gospel' includes a call to become more welcoming

'The Joy of the Gospel' includes a call to become more welcoming   Pope Francis turns his attention to the Church, stating that the Church may create situations that do not lend themselves to people wanting to hear the Gospel or be part of a parish community.  He writes, “We must recognize that if part of our baptized people lack a sense of belon...
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Monday, March 02, 2015

'The Joy of the Gospel' does not include the modern joy of money

'The Joy of the Gospel' does not include the modern joy of money   Pope Francis continues on with his reflections on modern day society, in which the Good News of Jesus Christ must be preached, by saying, “No to the new idolatry of money.”  He makes the bold statement that, “The worship of the ancient gold calf (Exodus 32:1-35) has re...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pope Francis proclaims the Gospel after describing why many don't hear it

Pope Francis proclaims the Gospel after describing why many don't hear it Before proceeding with “Proclaiming the Gospel” in his apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis explains the current social, political, cultural and economic situations that prevent many people from being able to hear the Gospel of Jesus.  In Chapter Two of “The Joy of the Gospel,...
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Pope Francis lives 'The Joy of the Gospel' by example

Pope Francis lives 'The Joy of the Gospel' by example Pope Francis realizes that he must also put into practice what he asks of others since he is the first among the bishops.  He must think about the conversion and changes necessary to the papacy.  We have seen some of them in his personal life of simplicity.  Choosing not to live in t...
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Pope Francis sets evangelization as a parish priority

Pope Francis sets evangelization as a parish priority  In quoting John Paul II, Pope Francis (in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel”) states, “All renewal in the Church must have mission as its goal if it is not to fall prey to a kind of ecclesial introversion” (E.G. 27).  It is quite easy for a parish t...
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Monday, January 05, 2015

Pope Francis calls us all to help with 'missionary transformation'

Pope Francis calls us all to help with 'missionary transformation' Pope Francis states in his Introduction to “The Joy of the Gospel” that 1) the joy of Christians attracts others to Christ and His Gospel, 2) all Christians are called to hand on the faith, and 3) the three areas where we are called to transmit our faith – namely, those faithful t...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pope Francis reaffirms our responsibility to transmit our faith

Pope Francis reaffirms our responsibility to transmit our faith   Three years ago, in October 2012, another Synod of Bishops gathered in Rome to discuss “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”  The gathering bishops agreed that the transmission of the faith is the responsibility for all Christians and not just...
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Monday, December 01, 2014

We all should be living as 'people of joy'

We all should be living as 'people of joy'   Pope Francis wants Catholics to become aware of how important it is for us to be joyful.  Thus, the entire introduction to “The Gospel of Joy” – 18 paragraphs – recalls persons among God’s People who were people of joy.  The Holy Father claims it was p...
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Monday, November 03, 2014

The Joy of the Gospel and consumerism

The Joy of the Gospel and consumerism In the last article, we spoke about consumerism meaning that we try to find our happiness by buying more and more “things” or accumulating more and more wealth.  Consumerism is a struggle between our “needs” and our “wants.”     Consumerism also ma...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

'We are to be joyful witnesses to Christ….'

'We are to be joyful witnesses to Christ….'   In the introduction to “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis’ first words reflect the fact that by our very nature Christians are joyful people because we have been “set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness” (Paragraph 1).  This freedom has...
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Monday, October 13, 2014