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Keep God Close, Pope Francis Says...

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions from Servant Books

It’s definitely not a coincidence, but what I like to call a “God-cidence.” The whole idea behind my new book Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag; On-the-Go Devotions is to help women get in the habit of carrying the Lord with them every day and everywhere; to find Him in the big and small events of our lives. The book includes a daily reflection on the many areas in the lives of today’s busy women, along with a Scripture verse and a prayer. It’s my hope that women will literally keep this devotional—and Jesus—with them at work, in the car, or in the grocery store line, and peek at it when they need a spiritual pick-me-up. It’s a book designed for those who are just getting to know Jesus and those who also want to get to know Him on a deeper level.

So imagine my delight when I went to read the Holy Father’s Angelus message yesterday morning—as I try to do every Monday morning—and saw that Pope Francis is once again encouraging all believers to do just what Walk Softly intends: to help Christians carry our faith and our Lord with them and take Him into all areas of not only our lives, but the lives of others.

Two days ago, reflecting the Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent, the Holy Father told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s square that if we’re like the Jews and Greeks in John’s Gospel who “want to see Jesus,” then we need to do a better job of keeping Him close. A great way to do that,  according to the pope, is to carry the Word of God with us. Then, from the window of the papal apartment in the Apostolic palace, the pope held up a booklet of the Gospels letting the faithful know that the booklet, some 50 thousand copies of it, were being distributed in the square by members of Rome’s homeless community.

“This is a beautiful gesture that Jesus approves. Those who are most needy are the ones who are giving us the Word of God. Take it. Keep it in your pocket or in your handbag and read a passage a day. God’s word lights up our path. It will do you good,” he said.

Keeping God and His Word close by and carrying Him with us in our bag and in our pocket:  I couldn’t have said it better myself!



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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."