08 Key Words from Gaudete et Exsultate

posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:01 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:02 AM ]

The third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis' pontificate, Gaudete et Exsultate, may be summed up in the following fifteen key words.

Beatitudes (n.63): Nothing is more enlightening than turning to Jesus' words and seeing His way of teaching the truth. Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy, when He gave us the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are like a Christian's identity card.

Mary (n.176): I would like these reflections to be crowned by Mary, because she lived the Beatitudes of Jesus as none other. She is that woman who rejoiced in the presence of God, who treasured everything in her heart, and who let herself be pierced by the sword. Mary is the saint among the saints, blessed above all others. She teaches us the way of holiness, and she walks ever at our side. Our converse with her consoles, frees and sanctifies us.

Persecution (n. 92-93): Whatever weariness and pain we may experience in living the commandment of love and following the way of justice, the Cross remains the source of our growth and sanctification.

Joy (n.122 and 126): Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humour. Though completely realistic, they radiate a positive and hopeful spirit. Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humour. Ill humour is no sign of holiness.

Silence (n.149, 150 and 151): Trust-filled prayer is a response of a heart open to encountering God face to face, where all is peaceful and the quiet voice of the Lord can be heard in the midst of silence. In that silence, we can discern, in the light of the Spirit, the paths of holiness to which the Lord is calling us. Are there moments when you place yourself quietly in the Lord's presence, when you calmly spend time with Him, when you bask in His gaze?

Eucharist (n.157): Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures leads us to the Eucharist, where the written word attains its greatest efficacy, for there the living Word is truly present. In the Eucharist, the one true God receives the greatest worship the world can give Him, for it is Christ Himself who is offered.

Testimony (n.138): We are inspired to act by the example of all those priests, religious, and laity who devote themselves to proclamation and to serving others with great fidelity, often at the risk of their lives, and certainly at the cost of their comfort. Their testimony reminds us that, more than bureaucrats and functionaries, the Church needs passionate missionaries, enthusiastic about sharing true life.