“Where many saw only a sinner, a blasphemer, a tax collector, an evildoer or even a traitor, Jesus was able to see apostles. Such is the beauty that his gaze invites us to proclaim, a gaze that transforms and brings out the best in others.”

–Pope Francis, today in Thailand,
speaking at St. Peter’s Parish of Wat Roman
in the village of Tha Kham

In his final day in Thailand, Francis delivered a stirring message about evangelization to a gathering of clergy, religious, and seminarians. Read Andrea Tornielli’s piece in Vatican News.

In his address Pope Francis also had a reminder for all of us who strive to share the Gospel:

“The Lord – the Pope told the religious – did not call us and send us forth into the world to impose obligations on people, or lay heavier burdens than those they already have, which are many, but rather to share joy, a beautiful, new and surprising horizon.”

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Mike Lewis is the founding managing editor of Where Peter Is. He and Jeannie Gaffigan co-host Field Hospital, a U.S. Catholic podcast.

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