‘Men of life’ must be men of joy, mercy, conference speaker says

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February 23, 2015

The Visitor

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Msgr. James Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, presented the morning keynote sessions.

In the midst of a “culture of death” and a throwaway society, Catholic men can help to build a culture of life and strengthen their families by getting to know God better as a God of joy and mercy, Msgr. James Shea told approximately 500 men gathered at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

“Knowing God as a God of life means also knowing God as a God of joy,” said Msgr. Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck and keynote speaker at the 18th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 21.

“All throughout the teaching of the Catholic faith through the ages, joy and God go together,” he said. “Pope Francis has been emphasizing this again and again — in his apostolic exhortation, ‘The Gospel of Joy,’ in his homilies, in his audiences, in interviews.”

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