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Goodness always tends to spread

On this World Day of Prayer, we reflect on Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention: “That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.”

Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ writes “goodness always tends to spread...as it expands, goodness takes root and develops.”

Evangelisation, put simply, is sharing ‘Good News’. It is about bringing the Gospel of joy to those we encounter, whether they are our neighbours or complete strangers.

It is a task for the whole Church to evangelise by inviting people into a personal encounter with Jesus, to be in friendship with him. Evangelisation is first and foremost about reaching out with love, mercy and compassion.

It is not about proclaiming the faith but rather inviting people to find Jesus through our gentle words, good deeds, and kind actions; and it can happen in any place, in any situation.

- Patrick Muldoon works in youth evangelisation and in the Jesuit centre for Communications in Dublin.

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