Our Holy Father Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention with his infectious joy. What is striking to me is that in his actions we see the source of his joy. He loves sharing God’s love with others. His words, his gestures, his preaching teach us how to imitate Christ who is the human manifestation of God, the Father.
What Pope Francis is also quick to say is that all of us are called to be joyful followers of Jesus. Our Holy Father asks us to “bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor” (The Joy of the Gospel, 288).
As a way to welcome Pope Francis, I want to invite you to consider sharing the joy you have found in your Catholic faith by taking the “Walk with Francis Pledge” and thereby transform our community. This initiative of the archdiocese and Catholic Charities is an opportunity for you to make a commitment to follow the Pope’s example of faith and service. We are asking everyone to consider signing the Pledge which invites you to:
- Pray regularly for the Holy Father and learn about the message of the, joy of the Gospel the mercy of God and the love of Christ.
- Serve by reaching out and caring for those in need and supporting charitable efforts in our community and beyond.
- Act to promote human life and dignity, justice and peace, family life and religious freedom, care for creation and the common good.
Read the rest of this blog post on the Seek First the Kingdom blog.