In an article from TIME magazine this week, I read a quote from Jonathan Lewis, the coordinator of evangelization and young adult initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington which says “The life of a Christian disciple requires growth and change” and “A God that does not make us uncomfortable is no god at all.”

Pope Francis arrives this week to speak to a number of high profile groups – Congress, the United Nations, the World Meeting of Families along with the poor and other individuals.  We will hear people from the left, the right and the middle who will promote one sentence and then ignore or dispute the next.  It is a lot easier to wash over that which we don’t want to hear than to let those words sink deep into our soul and challenge us.

I want to invite you to listen to everything Pope Francis has to share with us.  Listen to those parts of his speeches that make you feel uncomfortable and hold those in prayer.  See how through the words of Pope Francis, God might be calling you to grow and change how we see the world and how we live in relationship with all of creation.

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