If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life, but full of joy.
The Holy Father frequently speaks to us of joy—the joy of serving God, the joy of serving others, and the joy of extending God’s love to others.
On Easter, Jesus brings joy and the assurance of God’s love with His return.
Pope Francis tells us that the love of God is what brings us joy.
“Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures,
even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that,
when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.”
He adds that it is our responsibility, as children of the Church, to spread the love of God to all.
“If we live the faith in our daily life, then our work too becomes a chance to spread the joy of being a Christian.”
How Can You Become an Instrument of Joy?
Be an example of the joy of being a Christian to all around you.
“A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.”
Make the world a better place
“Dear friends, by simple gestures, by simple prayerful actions which honor Christ in the least of his brothers and sisters, we can bring the power of his love into our world, and truly change it.”
Attract others to the faith
“Instead of seeming to impose new obligations, they should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet. It is not by proselytizing that the Church grows, but by attraction.”
Spread The Good News
“This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew. The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.”
We Live By The Word of God
Spirituality is an important part of life at The Esquiline. We have regular religious ceremonies, as well as Bible study, Faith Formation and special prayers. Find out more about how our senior living community can enhance your spiritual wellness by contacting us.