St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

In September, I received a letter from His Eminence Cardinal Collins sharing that October will be an Extraordinary Missionary Month which draws on the theme, “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World.”

During this month, we are to consider our responsibility as Christians to proclaim the Gospel and how we can share the Good News of Jesus Christ with joy and new enthusiasm. The Extraordinary Missionary Month coincides with the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic letter Maximum Illud which was proclaimed on 30 November 1919. In this letter, Pope Benedict XV begins by recalling the Great Commission given to all disciples of Jesus Christ to “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Benedict wrote the apostolic letter because “there still remain in the world immense multitudes of people who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death”. (MI, 6)

We would be naive to think that with all our technological advances in the 100 years that there are no longer those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. We are to still called as disciples of Jesus Christ to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all the nations. However, as Pope Francis wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), we are to proclaim that Gospel with joy. With all the technological advances, however, we do not need to go far to reach the nations. The nations have come together in the metropolitan cities and in our parishes. Our call as disciples of Jesus Christ is to reach out to those in our pews who might still be in darkness and living in the shadow of death.

How can we accomplish so great a mission? Pope Francis offers us a few ways:

1) A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church through the Eucharist,
the Word of God, and personal and communal prayer
2) Testimony through the lives of the Saints
3) Missionary Formation through Scriptural and Theological study
4) The Corporal and Spiritual works of Charity

This is our mission and it is not impossible. We rely on the assistance of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in all our ways to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son of the Holy Spirit.

Father Michael