Franciscan Reflections

Reflections from the Franciscan Friars about the Gospel life today.

The Joy of the Gospel - Pope Francis

Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.

I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.

Pope Francis, or as he simply calls himself, Francis Bishop of Rome, has issued an "Apostolic Exhortation" to everyone. It's Latin title is "Evangelii Gaudium" which are the words of its opening line:  "The joy of the Gospel ..."