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Happiness in this life : a passionate meditation on earthly existence

Author: Francis, Pope; Oonagh Stransky
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A collection of homilies, speeches, and 'messages of the day' that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now. For Pope Francis, the appreciation of our everyday lives is a spiritual undertaking. Joy is a divine attribute, and creating joy around us an essential part of faith. Every homily and speech in this book delivers, in warm, engaging language accessible to believers and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: New titles added
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis, Pope; Oonagh Stransky
ISBN: 9780525510970 0525510974
OCLC Number: 1003197346
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Description: viii, 259 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction: The path of happiness --
Part I. Your search for a meaningful life --
Dreams and plans for the future --
The secret of life --
Free and liberated people --
Part II. You and others: happiness in your relationships --
Let your light be contagious --
The family: life's bounty --
Successful lives: when the Lord's call is answered with joy --
The blessings and challenges of womanhood --
Part III. A hundredfold reward --
plus suffering --
Beyond tears and loneliness --
From errors to forgiveness --
A hundred eternities --
Part IV. They who pray live serenely --
Prayer completes us --
Pope Francis's prayers for a fulfilling life.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Pope Francis ; translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky.

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"A collection of homilies, speeches, and 'messages of the day' that brings together Pope Francis's wisdom on finding happiness in the here and now. For Pope Francis, the appreciation of our everyday lives is a spiritual undertaking. Joy is a divine attribute, and creating joy around us an essential part of faith. Every homily and speech in this book delivers, in warm, engaging language accessible to believers and nonbelievers alike, a key lesson, instructing readers on finding love and happiness in a chaotic world. Along the way, Pope Francis discusses the sanctity of women's rights, talks about how the love of sports can bring out our best qualities, and explains why fighting discrimination is the essence of loving thy neighbor. He shares personal stories and anecdotes from his life, provides comforting messages of hope, and discusses the ways flawed families can make you a better person. The core ideas of Francis's papacy--mercy, support for marginalized people, and diplomacy--shine through."--Dust jacket flap.

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