Helping others experience the joy that comes from accepting God's invitation to participate in the mission of love.
Through baptism, all Christians are called to participate in Christ's mission of bringing the Good News to all. Mission education is the process by which Christians become more aware of their role in the mission and are formed to carry out the mission of Jesus wherever they are, at home or around the world.
For over 100 years, Maryknoll has been animating, encouraging and supporting Catholics in the U.S. to engage in God's mission of love.
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I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation...(27).
....A committed missionary knows the joy of being a spring which spills over and refreshes others. Only the person who feels happiness in seeking the good of others, in desiring their happiness, can be a missionary. This openness of the heart is a source of joy, since “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We do not live better when we flee, hide, refuse to share, stop giving and lock ourselves up in own comforts. Such a life is nothing less than slow suicide (272).
My mission of being in the heart of the people is not just a part of my life or a badge I can take off; it is not an “extra” or just another moment in life. Instead, it is something I cannot uproot from my being without destroying my very self. I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world...(273).
Pope Francis. EVANGELII GAUDIUM. Read the whole document.
By Kevin Foy
In my ministry as a Maryknoll mission educator, I often speak to students at Catholic high schools and universities about the the mission of the Church. Initially, most meet me with a fair amount of skepticism. To them, missionaries are associated with a long history of oppressing and enslaving indigenous peoples, supposedly in the name of God. But you might be surprised at how quickly many, if not most, of these young people abandon that skepticism when I begin to share stories of missioners serving around the world. I share stories of people working with local communities to provide young people with an education, or to develop a sustainable source of drinking water. Students cannot help but be inspired...
Seeing that awe in young people when they hear these examples of God's mission of love does make me wonder, though, Why is this news to them?