Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ready to "Rejoice and Be Glad"? One Week to Go....

We will begin daily dissemination of the Holy Father's inspiring reflection on the call to holiness in the modern world, one-paragraph-per-day, Tuesday, May 1st.  If you have received this post in your email, then you are already subscribed and the document will begin arriving automatically on 5-1-18.

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Grace and Peace,
The Diocese of Joliet

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Two Weeks until the Launch of "Rejoice and Be Glad"!

Are you looking forward to reading the Holy Father's new document on the call to holiness in the modern world?

We will begin posting one-paragraph-per-day on Tuesday, May 1st.  If you have received this post in your email, then you are already subscribed and the document will begin arriving automatically on 5-1-18.

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Grace and Peace--
The Diocese of Joliet

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ready to “Rejoice and Be Glad”?

Are you interested in reflecting on Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation entitled “Rejoice and Be Glad,” Gaudete et Exsultate?  Starting May 1st, join hundreds of others in reading one-paragraph-per-day as we ponder the Pontiff’s thoughts on the universal call to holiness and to mission.

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Grace and Peace--
The Diocese of Joliet

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Amoris Laetitia

Dear Friends in the Faith,

Congratulations on completing this journey through Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia 😊 

Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire creative fidelity to the joy of love revealed in Jesus Christ!  Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us—

The Secretariat for Evangelization & Catechesis
Diocese of Joliet in Illinois

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 325

325.  The teaching of the Master (cf. Mt 22:30) and Saint Paul (cf. 1 Cor 7:29-31) on marriage is set - and not by chance - in the context of the ultimate and definitive dimension of our human existence. We urgently need to rediscover the richness of this teaching.  By heeding it, married couples will come to see the deeper meaning of their journey through life.  As this Exhortation has often noted, no family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.  This is a never-ending vocation born of the full communion of the Trinity, the profound unity between Christ and his Church, the loving community which is the Holy Family of Nazareth, and the pure fraternity existing among the saints of heaven.  Our contemplation of the fulfillment which we have yet to attain also allows us to see in proper perspective the historical journey which we make as families, and in this way to stop demanding of our interpersonal relationships a perfection, a purity of intentions and a consistency which we will only encounter in the Kingdom to come.  It also keeps us from judging harshly those who live in situations of frailty. All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families, and every family must feel this constant impulse.  Let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together.  What we have been promised is greater than we can imagine.  May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us.  

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us one more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God's plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Graciously hear our prayer.


    Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's, during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, on 19 March, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, in the year 2016, the fourth of my Pontificate.   -Francis