Joy from the Light by Faith in the Gospel

Mike Schramm

4.5 Stars

September 30, 2014

While his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, was largely the work of his predecessor, this apostolic letter has Francis’ fingerprints all over it. In his time as Pope, Francis has stressed the need for Christians to help the poor on an individual level, making himself a prime example. Evangelii Gaudium stresses this same need and includes mankind’s need to also help on an institutional level. This is all done, according to Francis, with the Gospel in mind, and Christians are required to minister to the soul, sharing the Gospel, as well as the body. In his short time as Pope, Francis has inspired people of all cultures and faiths with his actions. Here, he does the same thing with his words.

Now that the dust has somewhat settled around the initial whirlwind that Francis created, people are able to better see who this man really is as the "impressions" and "perceptions" start to fall away. While there is still much debate over who he is and what he is trying to say or what motivates everything he does, the Christian who reads the Joy of the Gospel can rest assured in the fact that "the Pope is still Catholic" and stands as the representative for Jesus Christ on this earth.

Some memorable quotes from The Joy of the Gospel:

“With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” “For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?”
“God asks everything of us, yet at the same time he offers everything to us.”
“The Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.”