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
|Publisher:||United States Conference of Catholic Bishops|
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Table of Contents
I A Joy Ever New, a Joy Which Is Shared 1
II The Delightful and Comforting Joy of Evangelizing 5
Eternal Newness 6
III The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith 8
The Scope and Limits of This Exhortation 9
Chapter 1 The Church's Missionary Transformation 11
I A Church Which Goes Forth 11
Taking the First Step, Being Involved and Supportive, Bearing Fruit and Rejoicing 13
II Pastoral Activity and Conversion 14
An Ecclesial Renewal Which Cannot Be Deferred 15
III From the Heart of the Gospel 18
IV A Mission Embodied Within Human Limits 21
V A Mother with an Open Heart 24
Chapter 2 Amid The Crisis of Communal Commitment 26
I Some Challenges of Today's World 27
No to an Economy of Exclusion 27
No to the New Idolatry of Money 29
No to a Financial System Which Rules Rather Than Serves 30
No to the Inequality Which Spawns Violence 30
Some Cultural Challenges 32
Challenges to Inculturating the Faith 35
Challenges from Urban Cultures 37
II Temptations Faced by Pastoral Workers 39
Yes to the Challenge of a Missionary Spirituality 40
No to Selfishness and Spiritual Sloth 42
No to a Sterile Pessimism 43
Yes to the New Relationships Brought by Christ 45
No to Spiritual Worldliness 48
No to Warring Among Ourselves 50
Other Ecclesial Challenges 52
Chapter 2 The Proclamation of the Gospel 56
I The Entire People of God Proclaims the Gospel 56
A People for Everyone 57
A People of Many Faces 58
We Are All Missionary Disciples 60
The Evangelizing Power of Popular Piety 62
Person to Person 64
Charisms at the Service of a Communion Which Evangelizes 66
Culture, Thought and Education 67
II The Homily 68
The Liturgical Context 68
A Mother's Conversation 69
Words Which Set Hearts on Fire 71
III Preparing to Preach 72
Reverence for Truth 73
Personalizing the Word 75
Spiritual Reading 77
An Ear to the People 78
Homiletic Resources 79
IV Evangelization and the Deeper Understanding of the Kerygma 81
Kerygmatic And Mystagogical Catechesis 82
Personal Accompaniment in Processes of Growth 85
Centered on the Word of God 87
Chapter 4 The Social Dimension of Evangelization 89
I Communal and Societal Repercussions of the Kerygma 89
Confession of Faith and Commitment to Society 89
The Kingdom and Its Challenge 91
The Church's Teaching on Social Questions 92
II The Inclusion of the Poor in Society 94
In Union with God, We Hear a Plea 94
Fidelity to the Gospel, Lest We Run in Vain 97
The Special Place of the Poor in God's People 99
The Economy and the Distribution of Income 102
Concern for the Vulnerable 105
III The Common Good and Peace in Society 108
Time Is Greater than Space 109
Unity Prevails over Conflict 110
Realities Are More Important than Ideas 112
The Whole Is Greater than the Part 113
IV Social Dialogue as a Contribution to Peace 115
Dialogue Between Faith, Reason and Science 116
Ecumenical Dialogue 117
Relations with Judaism 119
Interreligious Dialogue 120
Social Dialogue in a Context of Religious Freedom 122
Chapter 5 Spirit-Filled Evangelizers 125
I Reasons for a Renewed Missionary Impulse 126
Personal Encounter with the Saving Love of Jesus 127
The Spiritual Savor of Being a People 130
The Mysterious Working of the Risen Christ and His Spirit 133
The Missionary Power of Intercessory Prayer 136
II Mary, Mother of Evangelization 137
Jesus' Gift to His People 137
Star of the New Evangelization 139
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am halfway through this book by Pope Francis. I am already thinking of others that I want to share his wisdom with. Easy to read but much to contemplate and put into action. If you have been captured by the unique gifts of this newest Pope, you will enjoy getting to know him. I highly recommend this book to all.
What a joy to read! Pope Francis is one of the most crucial and significant authors of our time. He writes so meaningfully regarding not only the Catholic Church but for the faith in and hope for all races, creeds, for all mankind. His explanations of God, the Gospels, Jesus Christ, faith, the Blessed Mother, the Catholic Church, Christianity, eternal life and salvation, the Apostles, and prayer are so insightful that it will resonate in the lives of every Christian. He reminds us that Christians must take great joy in the Gospels, which are sometimes taken too much for granted.
I would recommend this to EVERYONE!
A very good read and a message to all Catholic clergy and lay people. The book can be complicated to read.
Pope Francis brings a bold and fresh approach to today's Catholic. His down to earth way of explaining the gospel is a joy to read.
The Joy of the Gospel is the for the devout and the unsure in today's times. Pope Francis is awakened many to follow Christ. For those living in the United States, the perspective of this leader from Argentina makes for relaxing meditation at bedtime.
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Thoughtful and reflective support and critigueof the Catholic Church! Written for the Catholic faithful but embracing of all!
If Christianity is grounded in “good news,” there should surely be something both joyful and urgent about its message. Instead, all too often leaders of faith seem to turn into political debaters, or puritanical obstructionists. Pope John Paul the 23rd said, “We are not here to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life.” In this small book, Pope Francis introduces readers into the garden, letting life reveal its colors through wise teaching. I read this book just after celebrating Christmas. When Pope Francis reminds us how consumerism leads to a world with no room for the poor, I’m reminded anew of “no room at the inn.” But this story starts much earlier than the New Testament, and there are ample Old Testament reminders of the joy to come in messianic times. The book is formatted into chapters with sections and numbered subsections, ending with a well-laid out index covering such topics as social dialogue; the inclusion of the poor; Mary, Mother of Evangelization (since she carried the Word, it seems a logical calling); and the heart of the Gospel. It’s easy to read one piece at once, then ponder. But equally a reader might skim and dive deep, caught by a sudden bright metaphor, singular explanation, or call to action. The Pope deals “extensively” with his topics, “with a detail some may find excessive,” he confesses. But a lay reader, seeking new joy in faith and evangelization, will find in these words a path to “rejoice in the Lord always.” A preacher (whether Catholic or not) will find wise advice on speaking and preparation. A woman will find a generous reminder that the priest’s sacramental power in no way makes him holier than thou. And a pilgrim will find wise advice on ecumenism. Yes, there are some complicated words, and some ponderous references, but none of it’s onerous. People, politicians, priests, parishes, bishops, and all, will be called to attention here while practical suggestions and measures are offered, from the needs of the poor to the worship of modern-day idols. This isn’t a book of rules and regulations. It doesn’t hammer home Catholic doctrine to the exclusion of human need. And it’s more than just a collection of wise paragraphs. For Catholics, Protestants, Christians, agnostics, priests, lay people, and more; for anyone remotely interested in what the church is meant to be saying, rather than just what they think they’ve heard it say, this book must surely be essential, and truly joyful, reading. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
I pray that every person might encounter the joy of the Gospel in their lives. This is a must-read for all Christians and seekers of peace.
The print in the book is tiny. Book is nice size print is not!
I will be happy to write a review once I have finished the book. Thomas G. Ryan