We need to remind ourselves of what God’s word tells us so that when we go into the world, we will recognize the divine challenge in our daily lives: The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

-from Pope Francis and our Call to Joy

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“And above all, be on your guard not to want to get anything done by force, because God has given free will to everyone and wants to force no one, but only proposes, invites and counsels.”

— St. Angela Merici

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