The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

by Pope Francis

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Overview

Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation is a passionate call for every Christian to “be constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others.” He envisions a church of “Spirit-filled evangelizers” who exude joy and care for God's people, especially the poor. "Evangelii Gaudium" is thought provoking, wide-ranging, and challenging to every Catholic. Those who carefully read it, study it, and pray with it will be ready for take up, with the whole Church, this “new phase of evangelization, one marked by enthusiasm and vitality”—and, most especially, joy.

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ISBN-13: 9781593252625
Publisher: Word Among Us Press, The
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 488,000
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. In his over 40 years as a Catholic Priest, he has drawn "high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany." He is seen as someone who personally straddles the divide between the liberals and conservatives in the Catholic Church. Francis has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor. At the same time, he has generally tended to accent growth in personal holiness over efforts for structural reform

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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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