Who Helps the Pope help the Missionaries worldwide?
Pope Francis offered a message about his Mission Societies, during the recent meeting in Rome of his National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies to discuss and distribute the generosity of the world’s Catholics to the Mission Church Pope Francis emphatically talked about the Societies entrusted to him and that were given the name “pontifical.” This was done to show how very “dear to the heart” of the Pope are the Church’s Missions and Missionary work, he said. “In the Pope’s name, these Societies ensure a fair distribution of aid, so that all the world’s Churches have at least the minimum required for evangelization, for the Sacraments, for their priests, for seminaries, for pastoral work, and for catechists,” Pope Francis noted.
Today, please consider making a Special Commitment to the Church’s Mission by pledging daily prayer and offering personal sacrifices as well as financial help to the Pontifical Mission Societies.
The Year of Living as Missionary Disciples
Respond to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” Evangelii Gaudium as he invites all of us to be Missionary Disciples.
By this declaration, Pope Francis is asking each one of us personally to live out the call of our baptism, to know and live the faith and to witness to the Gospel in word and deed. “Every Christian is challenged here and now to be actively engaged in evangelization. Anyone who has truly experienced God’s love should proclaim that love.”
Jesus Christ himself teaches us how to evangelize, how to invite people into communion with him and how to create a culture of witness: namely, through love, mercy and joy. Christ gives us direction: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .” Mt 28:19
Today, especially during this Lenten season, is the perfect time to take part in this Mission of Christ. We are called to Missionary Discipleship in concrete places and relationships of our daily lives.
For example, some young women, suffering because of their family situation and poverty, are forced to live on the street in Chennai, India. They grow up surrounded by crime, prostitution and other traumatizing experiences. Many of the girls become indifferent, suspicious, disheartened and broken by life’s circumstance. Sister Mary Gloria, a Salesian Missionary, helps restore the childhood of girls living on the streets by offering simple gifts.