DIANE M. HOUDEK is the
author and editor of Bringing
Home the Word, a weekly resource
centered on the Sunday Mass readings.
She is the author of Lent
with St. Francis and Advent with St.
Pope Francis has set a new tone for the Church, a tone that emphasizes joy, hope, mercy, and new life. Like his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis discovers joy first and foremost in a personal encounter with Christ in the Gospels.
By reflecting on the pope’s words and example, Christians can find that new tone transforming their own lives and relationships.
Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy illuminates
the example of Jesus in the Gospels, helps people understand the pope’s vision of the Church’s role in the world, and encourages them to reverence the special place of the poor and vulnerable. Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of seeking the common good rather than selfish pursuits.
Reflections, discussion questions and suggestions for action encourage Christians to apply the pope’s words to their everyday lives.