In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes that we should appear as “joyful messengers of challenging proposals.”*
Proposals, so as to invite others in, open to the next stage of the journey.
Challenging, because that is what our times demand (and an enticing challenge is inherently attractive).
Messengers, because none of us is the Messiah.
Joyful, because we have been deeply loved.
I took a shot at doing just this for a Lenten Retreat at Jesuits.org. Click the link for the video where I steal my sons’ white board and sketch up a challenging proposal!
*Here is the whole sentence, from paragraph 168: “Rather than experts in dire predictions, dour judges bent on rooting out every threat or deviation, we should appear as joyful messengers of challenging proposals, guardians of the goodness and beauty which shine forth in a life of fidelity to the Gospel.”