EG 273: With Soul

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis offers a personal testimony here:

273. My mission of being in the heart of the people is not just a part of my life or a badge I can take off; it is not an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing. All around us we begin to see nurses with soul, teachers with soul, politicians with soul, people who have chosen deep down to be with others and for others. But once we separate our work from our private lives, everything turns grey and we will always be seeking recognition or asserting our needs. We stop being a people.

Nurses, teachers, and politicians are singled out here, but consider the people in your own life and experience. Who among them serve “with soul,” a sense of light, freedom, and empowerment?

Evangelii Gaudium is available online here,

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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