Friday, February 7, 2014

Welcome to the FIRST First Fridays With Pope Francis!

I hope you will enjoy sharing your favorite Pope Francis moments of the month with us and coming back to see what everyone else chose.

I both love and hate how much media coverage and social media attention has been paid to Francis. But as a missionary, I have been so uplifted and encouraged by his words and his simple, fatherly mannerisms. I am excited to create a space where we can together truly honor Pope Francis and the ways he is helping us as his flock grow.

This month, I was really encouraged by the pope's words when he met with members of the Neocatechumenal Way, who serve as lay missionaries around the world. I first read about it in this article and then later found the full copy of his address. While we are not members of that particular group, I felt like Pope Francis could be talking to us when he said:

"My thoughts go to a special to the families, who will go out to different parts of the world to proclaim and witness to the Gospel. The Church is great for your generosity! I thank you for all you do in the Church and in the world."

It was like getting a great fatherly hug and bit of encouragement. And this tweet was a great reminder for me to cling to Jesus above all else:


Favorite image? I had a lot this month, but I really love this one of Pope Francis having lunch with his rabbi friends on January 20. It's just such a lovely picture of his true and personal commitment to love, be open, and share with everyone he meets.

So what about you? I can't wait to stop and see what you'll be sharing about Pope Francis. If you don't have a blog, feel free to share your favorite Francis moments in the comments section below! Don't forget to add the graphic to your post and invite your followers to join us!

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