Pope Francis’ document Evangelii Gaudium is available online in its entirety, by the way. We are finishing up a section examining The special place of the poor in God’s people [197-201] as part of a larger look at “The inclusion of the poor in society.”
201. No one must say that they cannot be close to the poor because their own lifestyle demands more attention to other areas. This is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even ecclesial circles. While it is quite true that the essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel,[Cf. Propositio 45] none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice: “Spiritual conversion, the intensity of the love of God and neighbor, zeal for justice and peace, the Gospel meaning of the poor and of poverty, are required of everyone”.[CDF, Libertatis Nuntius (6 August 1984), XI, 18] I fear that these words too may give rise to commentary or discussion with no real practical effect. That being said, I trust in the openness and readiness of all Christians, and I ask you to seek, as a community, creative ways of accepting this renewed call.
Will Pope Francis’ words disappear in the vast electronica of the internet and the extreme narcissism of the modern world? I hope not.
The Holy Father knows it is difficult to go it along. We should be banding together, whenever we think Gospel initiatives are in peril of being forgotten or excused away.