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Lord, We are Your people, the sheep of Your flock. Heal the sheep who are wounded, Touch the sheep who are in pain, Clean the sheep who are soiled, Warm the lambs who are cold. Help us to know the Father's love through Jesus the Shepherd and through His Spirit. Help us to lift up that love, and show it all over this land. Help us to build love on justice and justice on love. Help us to believe mightily, hope joyfully, and love Divinely. Renew us that we may renew the face of the earth. Amen

Links: TakeUpYourCross BeingHoly MyFaith Compendium

Some thoughts:

Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis weighs in: (Link)
"As suggested by the name, the principal theme involves the need for a joyful proclamation of the Gospel to the entire world. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who presented the document at a Vatican press conference, summarized its main message this way: If we were to sum up Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium in a few words, we could say that it is an Apostolic Exhortation written around the theme of Christian joy in order that the Church may rediscover the original source of evangelization in the contemporary world. Pope Francis offers this document to the Church as a map and guide to her pastoral mission in the near future. It is an invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality without ignoring the current challenges. Pope Francis instills courage and urges us to look ahead despite the present crisis, making the cross and the resurrection of Christ once again our 'the victory banner'". (Jimmy Aiken, #6; see also #7 & 8).

A practical example: What attracted this Protestant from a secularized religious life to a lively Catholic life?: