1. Introduction (Feb 2)
2. Chapter 1 (Feb 16)
3. Chapter 2 (Mar 2)
4. Chapter 3 (Mar 16)
5. Chapter 4 (Mar 30)
6. Chapter 5 (Apr 13)
A pdf copy of the slides used in the presentation will be available after each session in the resources below.
A series of meetings are taking place in Orlagh every second Sunday, starting on February 2nd, from 12.00-1.00pm
Each meeting has three steps
1. An 'echo reading' of the section being studied. People are invited to read out favourite quotations from the second.
2. A summary presentation of the main points in that chapter.
3.'So what?' Reflection on the implications for ourselves at a personal and community level.
The letter is based on the belief that the encounter with Jesus and the gospel message is a source of joy, something that frees us from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. In the midst of the distractions and problems of daily life, joy may not be the first word we would use to describe our experience.
It may help to recall situations when you were particularly aware of the fruits of your encounter with Jesus
Recall a time when you particularly aware and grateful for God’s forgiveness? What was that like for you?
Remember the experiences that have helped you to believe in yourself.
How has your faith helped you to see yourself as precious in the eyes of God, and in your own eyes.
When and how did being a member of a Christian community help you to see that in life you are not on your own?
In what ways has your faith helped you to be glad that you are alive?
Chapter 2: AMID THE CRISIS OF COMMUNAL COMMITMENT
“Challenges exist to be overcome!
Let us be realists,
but without losing our joy,
and our hope-filled commitment.
Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary vigour!”
It can be difficult to combine realism with hope-filled commitment.
What helps you to do this?
Chapter 1: THE CHURCH'S MISSIONARY TRANSFORMATION
“I invite everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelization in their respective communities.” (EG 33)
Creativity is one sign of vitality in the life of an individual or in the life of a community. Think of that in relation to your own experience. What was it like for you when there was an element of creativity in what you were doing? How did that experience differ from performing a routine task?
How could the Pope’s invitation
to be bold and creative
make a difference today
for your parish,
or other church communities
to which you belong?
Chapter 3: THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL
“All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization.” (EG 119)
“In your heart you know that it is not the same
to live without him[Jesus];
what you have come to realize,
what has helped you to live and given you hope,
is what you also need to communicate to others.”
What wisdom have you acquired
through your life experience
on how to live a full life?
What has given you hope in your life?
Chapter 5: SPIRIT-FILLED EVENGELIZERS
“How I long to find the right words to stir up enthusiasm for a new chapter of evangelization full of fervour, joy, generosity, courage, boundless love and attraction!”
What have been the effects of the words of Francis on you?
What new enthusiasm have you experienced?
Has anything changed for you as a result of reading this letter?
Is there anything you feel called to do differently from what you have read?
Chapter 4: THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF EVANGELIZATION
God’s word teaches that our brothers and sisters are the prolongation of the incarnation for each of us: “As you did it to one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). (EG 179)
The mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ
has a universal destination.
Its mandate of charity encompasses
all dimensions of existence,
all areas of community life,
and all peoples.
Nothing human can be alien to it. (EG 181)
How do the words of Pope Francis
invite, or challenge, me
to broaden the horizons
of my outreach to others?