EG 277: Struggle, But No Excuses

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis,in Evangelii Gaudium, acknowledges that workers can be discouraged and even get dismayed as new problems surface to thwart the Gospel of Jesus. Watchfulness is needed: do we pause longer than needful because of circumstances beyond our control?

277. At the same time, new difficulties are constantly surfacing: experiences of failure and the human weaknesses which bring so much pain. We all know from experience that sometimes a task does not bring the satisfaction we seek, results are few and changes are slow, and we are tempted to grow weary. Yet lowering our arms momentarily out of weariness is not the same as lowering them for good, overcome by chronic discontent and by a listlessness that parches the soul.

Sometimes our grasp is tight on the wrong thing:

It also happens that our hearts can tire of the struggle because in the end we are caught up in ourselves, in a careerism which thirsts for recognition, applause, rewards and status. In this case we do not lower our arms, but we no longer grasp what we seek, the resurrection is not there. In cases like these, the Gospel, the most beautiful message that this world can offer, is buried under a pile of excuses.

The message on economics got a lot of attention. I certainly noticed the liturgical impact of Pope Francis’ words on homilies and one or two other things. But these final sections are a good check on my life in ministry. This feels like Pope Francis, spiritual director, at work. What do you think?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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