What Would Pope Francis Do
Responding to the call of Pope Francis, a Jesuit and professional journalist illustrates what it means to "go to the margins" with God's love, challenging readers to do the same. Following six themes in the pope's Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) exhortation, What Would Pope Francis Do? gets to the core of the Holy Father's simple message of mercy and his Jesuit tradition in a penetrating way that aims to move hearts more than impart facts. Rather than simply "talk about" a relationship with God, this book encourages the personal encounter with Jesus that comes only from firsthand experiences of marginalized people. From a drink with Christopher Hitchens to an assignment working with the mentally handicapped, the author describes how he has tried to follow this journey in his own life, but he also gives examples of how others have done so. The book's contents follow its themes: Introduction: Joy Chapter 1: Longing Chapter 2: Closeness Chapter 3: Dignity Chapter 4: Weariness Chapter 5: Tenderness Chapter 6: Mary Conclusion: Courage For readers seeking a lived introduction to the heart of Pope Francis and Ignatian spirituality, in both this Year of Mercy and beyond, What Would Pope Francis Do? blends insider insights with a light touch that confronts all of us with Christ's life-changing love.