EG 168: The Joy of Morality

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis offers a few interesting observations in this brief section:

168. As for the moral component of catechesis, which promotes growth in fidelity to the Gospel way of life, it is helpful to stress again and again the attractiveness and the ideal of a life of wisdom, self-fulfillment and enrichment. In the light of that positive message, our rejection of the evils which endanger that life can be better understood. Rather than experts in dire predictions, dour judges bent on rooting out every threat and deviation, we should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel.

Morality is defined as faithfulness to a way of life, not merely the avoidance of wrongs. Or frowning at those who fall short. This excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium rather reinforces what we hear from Pope Francis on a daily basis–especially his change of tone from other Big Voices in Catholicism.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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