Vatican city, July 5th, 2017 (PWPN). The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is releasing the July The Pope Video, in which Francis calls us to be close to people who have distanced themselves from Christ, and underlines the importance of joy in promoting the Gospel message.
The Supreme Pontiff, in this month’s The Pope Video asks that Christians who have distanced themselves from the faith not be left alone.
The Holy Father emphasizes the importance of transmitting joy as a way of accompanying people who, for whatever reason, have distanced themselves from the Gospel message and Christ’s teachings. He stresses that when a Christian becomes sad, it is a sign that he has distanced himself from Jesus.
With more than 2.2 billion Christians in the world, Francis proposes to go beyond the concrete reality of the Catholic Church and again calls our attention to accompanying those who might be living a crisis of faith. Among his exhortations, the Pope also urges us to offer a path of hope through our personal testimony and the use of our freedom.
“The concern expressed here by the Pope is not new,” said Jesuit Father Frédéric Fornos, international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement. “In 2013, in his encyclical Lumen Fidei — carrying on the work of Benedict XVI — Francis warned of the danger of losing the faith. ‘There is an urgent need,’ the Pope said at the beginning of that document, ‘to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim.’
The full script of the video:
Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love.
When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus.
But then we must not leave him alone! We should offer him Christian hope — with our words, yes, but more with our testimony, with our freedom, with our joy.
Let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.