The Friday Five: Your Joy Will Be Complete

This is the final post of a series showcasing Joy in the faces of our diocese.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

“Without joy, a person is not a true believer.” –Pope Francis, March 26, 2015

This is the season of joy – 50 days to be exact. And while we should live throughout the year like people who are redeemed, it’s a gift to have a season set aside to renew our awareness of the Risen Christ who lives in us.

1. This week on social media, we put our joy on display for all to see. “We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song!” said Saint Pope John Paul II. That is nowhere more apparent than here in Arlington.

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2. On Easter Sunday, The Washington Post ran a piece on the “Francis effect” and the faith of Millennial Catholics. I had the joy of being able to share what I see in our diocese – young adults who are engaged in their college campus ministries and parishes, bringing what they receive in the sacraments to the community throughout the week. Sacraments, service and the joy of being part of the Catholic family – this is our story and we’re proud of it.

But there’s no denying that Francis, with his willingness to talk about doubt and reflect on his love of the tango as a young man, and his openness to taking selfies, is appealing to a wide array of people, especially millennial Catholics. And he’s inspiring a different type of commitment among them.  –Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post

3. Let’s face it. Men get a bad rap in our culture today. How often does their behavior serve as the punch line of a joke? But here in Arlington, we couldn’t be prouder of our men. They love their faith. They love being fathers and husbands. They love the opportunity to gather and talk about how to live their Catholic identity at home and at work. Their joy is on display in this video recap of the 2015 Men’s Conference:

4. If you haven’t read it yet, check out Bishop Loverde’s Easter Letter to you.

As we rejoice this Easter Day in Our Savior’s triumph over sin and death, we are keenly aware that we too must continue to share in His triumph, dying to our self-centeredness and living instead for the Lord and for others. –Bishop Loverde

5. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11). On behalf of the Office of Communications, we want you to know that even if your trials and sufferings persist, we pray that you may know the peace and joy of the Risen Lord, who has triumphed over every evil. Happy Easter!

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