From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom
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, emptiness, and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew.
Joy is born from the gratuitousness of an encounter! It is hearing someone say, but not necessarily with words: “You are important to me.” Saint Thomas said: “Bonum est diffusivum sui”———Good spreads. And joy also spreads. Do not be afraid to show the joy of having answered the Lord’s call, of having responded to His choice of love and of bearing witness to His Gospel in service to the Church. And joy, true joy, is contagious; it is infectious…….it impels one forward.
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter