My friend Kelly Wahlquist is doing a cool thing over on her blog for Advent.
As you may know, Pope Francis just released a new apostolic exhortation titled, “Evangelii Gaudium,” which is Latin for “The Joy of the Gospel.”
Most people call every written Papal communication an encyclical. But there’s a few different types of documents put out by popes.
Jimmy Akin explains:
It’s a papal document that, as the name suggests, exhorts people to implement a particular aspect of the Church’s life and teaching.
Its purpose is not to teach new doctrine, but to suggest how Church teachings and practices can be profitably applied today.
Anyway, Kelly is hosting a daily Advent reflection series on Evangelii Gaudium. She and a bunch of other guest bloggers are writing reflections every day on small parts of the document.
It hit her that this document came out at just the right time for use as an Advent meditation. Rather than skim it quickly, she decided it would be better to take this rather large exhortation in “small sips” and to share that journey with others:
Ok, I admit, reading an apostolic exhortation sounds intimidating to many. Reading 224 pages of Church talk sounds intimidating to many. Reading 288 paragraphs of papal writing sounds intimidating to many, and reading 48,000 words sounds intimidating to all! BUT, when presented in small doses with some food for thought and a little strong coffee, the apostolic exhortation mountain top appears more accessible. So, that’s what we are going to do here for the next 25 days. We are going to take little bites of Evangelii Gaudium and I invite you to join us!
Each day will have a reflection, challenge or perhaps practical ideas for how to live the aspect of the Gospel that day’s words speak to. We will for sure post the 288 paragraphs such that by Christmas we (and hopefully other busy people) will have read and meditated on some 48,000 words, but in small sips.
So if you’re interested in diving into this amazing new document penned by our amazing Pope Francis, but it seems like too much…check out Kelly’s daily posts and read along with her.
I think this document is brilliant and a must read for every catechetical missionary like yourselves. The pope is defining a new way of looking at sharing the faith and it’s exciting. What’s even more exciting is he’s saying some of the same stuff I am!
It’s awesome when the Magisterium back you up.
Kelly started on December 1 so she’s 4 days in, but it still just the beginning and there’s over 20 days until Christmas.
That’s a lot of reflecting! So I’ll see you there!