"I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ."
- Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, or The Joy of the Gospel, I, 2-3
This Advent, prepare to celebrate Jesus' arrival as an infant in the small town of Bethlehem. Born into poverty, he brings us the good news that God loves us - and calls us to give of ourselves to others. Let the example of Pope Francis, as he models the humility and generosity of our Savior, inspire you. Reflect on the pope's teachings, accompanied by Scripture, prayer, and action. Then go out and share the message: Jesus Christ is born!
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John Cleary was the director of development at Catholic Charities of St. Louis before becoming an instructor of senior-year religion at St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theological studies from Saint Louis University. Formerly an acquisitions editor at Liguori Publications, he is also the author of Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Pope Francis, and Lent and Easter Wisdom From Pope Francis.