I Ask You, Be Shepherds: Reflections on Pastoral Ministry

I Ask You, Be Shepherds: Reflections on Pastoral Ministry

by Pope Francis


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Pope Francis has been an engaging, prophetic voice tirelessly calling the church to a simple lifestyle of mercy, witness, and collaboration. This new volume in the Pope Francis Resource Library contains the gems from the Pope’s reflections on pastoral and priestly ministry. Authorized by the Vatican, the texts are collected from Pope Francis’s homilies, speeches, and papers during the first two years of his papacy, as well as from the earlier, exclusive edition published when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. I Ask You, Be Shepherds offers Pope Francis’s profound and encouraging appeal to everyone serving God’s people today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824520571
Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Series: The Pope Francis Resource Library
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Pope Francis, also known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected Pope on March 13, 2013, taking the name after St. Francis of Assisi. His priestly ordination was in 1969, and in 1992, he was consecrated auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires and given the titular see of Auca. He became Buenos Aires’s coadjutor bishop in 1997, succeeded as the see’s archbishop the following year, and was elevated to cardinal in 2001. He is the author of On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church; Open Mind, Faithful Heart; The People Wish to See Jesus; and The Power to Serve.

Table of Contents

Words from the Upper Room 1

A Heart That Is Moved 4

Do You Love Me? 13

When We Pray, We Are Fighting for Our People 18

Shepherds with the Odor of Sheep 25

Do the People Leave Us Looking Like They Have Heard the Good News 28

The Grace of Apostolic Audacity 33

With Hearts Burning from Within 37

Evangelical Openness 42

Primary Features of Priestly Joy 48

The Oil of Gladness 54

The Importance of Anointing 57

The Perfect Gift 61

The "Today" of Jesus 66

The Grace of Unity 70

The Lively Dialogue That Is Preaching 74

God Cares for Our Fragility 89

Bearing Witness to the End 93

Guidelines for Pastoral Renewal 98

Three Basic Qualities of Becoming Church 110

The New Evangelization 116

Sources 121

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