The Encounter


From Michael Crosby’s The Fruit of the Spirit: Pauline Mysticism for the Church Today: “Pope Francis notes that ‘true joy doesn’t come from things, from having, no! It’s born from the encounter, from one’s relations with others.’ On the one hand it comes ‘from feeling accepted, understood, loved and from…hearing it said: ‘You are important to me,’ not necessarily in words…[but] from the gratuitousness of an encounter.” True joy also involves that “other” who is God who has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ.”



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