The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553419542
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 401,875
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

POPE FRANCIS is the first Latin American to be elected to the chair of Peter. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, February 28, 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

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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

Notes 143

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