Sharing The Joy of the Gospel – David Spesia, Newman Institute for Lay Formation, Diocese of Joliet

Isn’t the world ready for a little more joy?

It has been a year since Pope Francis shared his vision for Christian discipleship in The Joy of the Gospel.  Wouldn’t it be great if this text continued to set the course for conversations about evangelization and catechesis throughout the year?

A unique new website entitled “A Joy Which is Shared” offers Catholics across the country the opportunity to (re)connect with the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation.  Those who subscribe to follow by email will receive one paragraph per day of Evangelii Gaudium directly in their inbox.  

We all know friends, family members and colleagues who might not have had time to read the entire text—or who may have read it quickly some time ago. In bite-sized daily chunks, A Joy Which is Shared invites Catholics to walk in solidarity with Pope Francis, who is himself a living parable of evangelical joy.

Consider signing up for this journey into joy. Share the link with contacts near and far; remind them that a paragraph per day will keep “he-who-shall-not-be-named” away.

After all, joy is never outdated or overrated.

Evangelii Gauidum provides an intimate and engaging overview of Pope Francis’ vision for the missionary transformation of the Church. Join scores of other “friends of Francis” in reflecting with the Holy Father on Jesus’ stunning proclamation: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11)! 

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