REFLECTION – THE CHURCH IS MOTHER AND MISSIONARY

04The Church is mother and missionary

Because she is the Bride of Christ, she must engender men of all times and places for the Kingdom of God, that is the true meaning of the mission of the Church.

In this month of October, when the week of prayer for the missions is celebrated, we want to unite with the whole Church, imploring in a very particular way the Owner of the harvest to increase the number of his workers, to grant us numerous holy priests and religious to take the Gospel to the ends of the world

However, those who have consecrated themselves to God should not forget what Saint John Paul the Great taught so clearly:

“The specific contribution that consecrated men and women offer to evangelization is, above all, in the witness of a life totally given to God and to the brothers, in imitation of the Savior who, for the love of man, became a servant. In the work of salvation, in fact, everything comes from participation in the divine agape. Consecrated persons make visible, in their consecration and total dedication, the loving and saving presence of Christ, the consecrated person of the Father, sent on mission. They, allowing themselves to be conquered by Him, prepare to become, in a way, an extension of His humanity. Consecrated life is eloquent proof that the more one lives of Christ, the better one can serve him in others, reaching the outposts of the mission and accepting the greatest risks”[1].

“Every commitment to holiness, every activity aimed at carrying out the Church’s mission, every work of pastoral planning, must draw the strength it needs from the Eucharistic mystery and in turn be directed to that mystery as its culmination. In the Eucharist we have Jesus, we have his redemptive sacrifice, we have his resurrection, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have adoration, obedience and love of the Father. Were we to disregard the Eucharist, how could we overcome our own deficiency?”[2]

It is in the Sacrament of the Altar where the Church contemplates in an incomparable way the mystery of Calvary, the sacrifice from which all the grace of evangelization flows. In the contemplation of the Eucharistic mystery you learn to imitate the One who becomes broken bread and spilled blood for the salvation of the world.[3]

And it is also there, in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where we learn to be spiritual mothers and fathers.

Eucharistic adoration for the month of October begins on Wednesday the 14th at 3:00 p.m. concluding on Friday the 16th at 6 in the morning.

May you all have a blessed month!

 

[1] Ex Apost. Vitae Cosacrata, 76

[2] Encyclical Letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia, 60

 [3] SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE GENERAL CHAPTER OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS ​​AND MARY AND OF THE PERPETUAL ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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