The Diocese of Des Moines
The Joy of the Gospel
November 26, 2013
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

Pope Francis has done it again. Check out his new encyclical (a message to everyone in the Church), Evangelii Gaudium found on the Vatican website. 

 

It isn't short, but it's worth printing off and having at the table while you drink your morning coffee. Read through it bit-by-bit and discover his vision for the Church: 

Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. (#49) 

Rocco Palmo has some sage advice for those who think 48,000 words of pope-speak might be a little much for them:

If you're looking for a "primer," it's fairly simple: don't insult your intelligence – just take the time to actually read it. (emphasis original)

Another blog I follow has taken a look at it from a liturgical perspective. The PrayTell Blog is edited by Fr. Anthony Ruff, O.S.B., of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. 

 

I'll be taking the next couple of weeks and moving through it. Let's discuss it in the comments section below--your thoughts are welcome!


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