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J y o The Joy of the Gospel The Source of Lasting Dr. John Yocum At the heart of the Holy Father’s high-spirited exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, is an invitation to allow our hearts Dr. Eduardo Echeverria to be transformed by grace and the gladness it brings. W hy the emphasis on believing in joy in Pope Francis’ writings, even his pre-papal writings? From his first Palm Sunday homily to his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), released in November, a major theme runs throughout them all. That 2 MOSAIC theme is well expressed in the opening lines of the exhortation: “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. “With Christ joy is constantly born anew.”