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Evangelii Gaudium

Commandments for how to behave online and on social media

 
The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) has produced a new poster detailing the “10 Commandments for Proclaiming theJoy of the Gospel on-line”.  In what appears to be a spin-off from Pope Francis encyclical letter,Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel),SCES is encouraging young people to behave responsibly, and in a manner befitting of their Catholic faith, whilst they use the internet and social media. The poster will be officially launched during Catholic Education Week in February.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Jesus’ call for us to step out of our comfort zone (Friday 21st February 2014)

The Good News - too good to keep to yourself!
 
From today’s Gospel (Mark 8:34-9:1):
 
‘…For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
 
 
Do you talk about your faith to others?  Are you joyful in your faith to the point that you just can’t help but shout about it and share it on your Facebook page or Twitter feed? 
 
It’s an interesting thought.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Loving Forgiveness in Christ (Friday 17th January 2014)

 
Today's Gospel (Mark 2:1-12):
 
'When Jesus returned to Capernaum, word went round that he was back; and so many people collected that there was no room left, even in front of the door. He was preaching the word to them when some people came bringing him a paralytic carried by four men, but as the crowd made it impossible to get the man to him, they stripped the roof over the place where Jesus was; and when they had made an opening, they lowered the stretcher on which the paralytic lay.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Youth

 
Pope Francis on the youth of our world:
 
'The rise and growth of associations and movements mostly made up of young people can be seen as the work of the Holy Spirit, who blazes new trails to meet their expectations and their search for a deep spirituality and a more real sense of belonging.
 
How beautiful it is to see that young people are “street preachers” (callejeros de la fe), joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!'
 

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Islam

 
‘We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition.’
Pope Francis
 
Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship and become fully a part of society. We must never forget that they “profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day”.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Judaism

 
‘As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf.1 Thes1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word.
 
Dialogue and friendship with the children of Israel are part of the life of Jesus’ disciples. The friendship which has grown between us makes us bitterly and sincerely regret the terrible persecutions which they have endured, and continue to endure, especially those that have involved Christians.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Christian Unity

 
Pope Francis on Christian Unity:
 
‘We must never forget that we [Christians] are pilgrims journeying alongside one another. This means that we must have sincere trust in our fellow pilgrims, putting aside all suspicion or mistrust, and turn our gaze to what we are all seeking: the radiant peace of God’s face.
 
How many important things unite us! If we really believe in the abundantly free working of the Holy Spirit, we can learn so much from one another! It is not just about being better informed about others, but rather about reaping what the Spirit has sown in them, which is also meant to be a gift for us.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on True Peace

 
‘Christ “is our peace”’
Pope Francis
 
Here is what Pope Francis says in Evangelii Gaudium:
 
‘Peace in society cannot be understood as pacification or the mere absence of violence resulting from the domination of one part of society over others. Nor does true peace act as a pretext for justifying a social structure which silences or appeases the poor, so that the more affluent can placidly support their lifestyle while others have to make do as they can. Demands involving the distribution of wealth, concern for the poor and human rights cannot be suppressed under the guise of creating a consensus on paper or a transient peace for a contented minority.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life

 
Many places are experiencing a dearth of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. This is often due to a lack of contagious apostolic fervour in communities which results in a cooling of enthusiasm and attractiveness. Wherever there is life, fervour and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations will arise. Even in parishes where priests are not particularly committed or joyful, the fraternal life and fervour of the community can awaken in the young a desire to consecrate themselves completely to God and to the preaching of the Gospel.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on our Blessed Mother, Mary

 
‘Jesus left us his mother to be our mother. Only after doing so did Jesus know that “all was now finished” (Jn 19:28).
At the foot of the cross, at the supreme hour of the new creation, Christ led us to Mary.’
Pope Francis
 
 
Here is what Pope Francis says about Mary:
 
‘With the Holy Spirit, Mary is always present in the midst of the people. She joined the disciples in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts1:14) and thus made possible the missionary outburst which took place at Pentecost.
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