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18th November 2019

St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland

October 2019 – A Special Missionary Month.

‘We are Baptised and Sent’ – Pope Francis

This year (2019) is the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Encyclical Letter about Mission. To mark the centenary, Pope Francis wants us to celebrate October as an ‘Extraordinary Missionary Month.’ The Pope stresses that it is necessary to renew our zeal for Mission. As Christians, we live in a time when the world order is shaken and value systems are being questioned, when our faith is challenged by a secular culture, and in many places, Christians face awful persecution. A recent British government Report concluded the Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world.

In this context, the Pope invites us to reflect together on the meaning and practice of mission today and to renew our missionary commitment. The theme chosen by the Pope is “Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World”.

Four dimensions of this theme – Pope Francis

A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.

Testimony: Witness to Christ – on Mission in the World. Also, focus on missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors ofthe faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.

Missionary formation: spiritual, biblical, catechetical and theological.

Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible. This involves giving spiritual and financial help and support – missionary works of charity.

With prayerful reflection on these four elements, Pope Francis wants people to get involved in a special way: “I want you to go outside. I want the Church out on the streets. ”

Jim O’Connell mhm, Editor