The Joy of the Gospel

“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.” – Pope Francis

Joy is contagious and spiritual joy is reviving.  Few know this better than the enthusiastic and devoted descendent to the papacy, Pope Francis.  His commitment to serving those most in need and those rejected by society is rooted in his deep love of God and the mission set forth by Christ in the gospel.  While this message is familiar to many who follow Pope Francis’ teachings and works, this book is a treasure in that it is approachable, inspiring, and features the writing of Fathers Robert Barron and James Martin.  These exceptional and renowned figures join the pope in celebrating the gospel message – the good news – and encouraging a renewal of faith and dedication to the Catholic church in the modern world. The pope focuses on finding the joy in our faith, in Jesus’ message, and in the Christian tradition, and does so in a thrilling and engaging way.  What could ordinarily be a dry message is filled with love and joy.

Book Club Questions:

While I would ordinarily compose my own questions about this book, has composed an excellent book study that can be used during the Advent season to promote joy with Jesus’ birth, or any time during the year to build joy and enthusiasm around your faith.  This book study is free and filled with detail, making it the perfect partner for The Joy of the Gospel.

Find their book study on their website or here.


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