With Christ joy is constantly born anew. –Pope Francis
If you aren’t able to join us in person in our Collaborative study of The Joy of the Gospel
you are welcome to study the exhortation on your own this Lent!
Each week we will share a brief reflection with some thoughts and questions for your consideration.
(The Joy of the Gospel is available online to read and download from the Vatican website: The Joy of the Gospel Paperback versions are also available to purchase online)

Last week, we opened our study with the Introduction, which is divided into three parts: “A Joy Ever New, a Joy Which is Shared”, “The Delightful and Comforting Joy of Evangelizing”, and “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith”.  Here are some questions for your prayer and consideration to support your study of the Introduction: 
1. Have you ever experienced a powerful sensation of joy in the midst of what would otherwise be a challenging time? 

2. What does a renewed personal encounter with Christ look like this Lenten season?

3. What are some examples in scripture of people who have experienced an overwhelming joy whose source is The Lord? 
This week, we will be diving into “Chapter One: The Church’s Missionary Transformation”. To enrich your study we are offering a Lenten Podcast featuring our beloved late Priest in Residence, Father John Connelly, discussing this chapter in a Lenten Lecture delivered in 2014 called “The Dream of Pope Francis – An Ecclesial Renewal That Can Not Be Deferred”.  You can find that Podcast here: Lecture Archive 
Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel: Introduction