Pope Francis asks the Church to live the month of October 2019 as an extraordinary time for mission. He writes: The title of the present Message is the same as that of October’s Missionary Month: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. Celebrating this month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practice proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Mt 10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing his mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation.
Dear readers of the Missionsbote, these words of Pope Francis on the special month of the World Mission summarize everything and give the only answer to the question that we hear to often: Is mission still relevant or necessary? Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies, put it this way: “I believe that mission is, in a way, the thermometer for the state of the Church.
Gratitude is the only answer we can give to so many questions in our lives. Gratitude is the testimony that we have recognized and accepted the gift of the love of God. Gratitude alone bring salvation, because it lets us know the truth: God loves us and wants everyone to be saved.
God bless you all for your prayer and your joy in mission, the love of God. – Warm greetings from
Johann Kronbichler, Rector