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pope francis • MESSENGER OF GOD ON A MISSION
"I am a mission on this earth; that is the reason why I am here in this world. We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing."
Jesus entrusts all of us with a mission: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mk 16:15).
For some that may mean distant shores, for others in the very town they grew up in. But the moral of the story always remains the same: hear the cry of God's people. They are waiting, and Pope Francis is going. He challenges us to do the same.
It requires our sail to be steered by the Spirit; which will make us leave port against the headwind of society, but catch the eternal current of what Jesus asks of us. It is not easy to untie the ropes that take us from the safety of our harbor, but did not God Himself choose a life far from comfort for His only Son?
Do not be afraid of total abandoment; "we Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; stake your lives on noble ideals." (Pope Francis).
GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE
REJOICE AND BE GLAD!
His most recent encyclical on the universal call to holiness.
“Being poor of heart: that is holiness.
Reacting with meekness and humility: that is holiness.
Seeing and reacting with mercy: that is holiness.
Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love: that is holiness.
Sowing peace all around us: that is holiness."
CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME!
"Laudato Si", "Praise be to You my Lord," are the words of St. Francis of Assisi that Pope Francis uses to remind of us our duty to care for our earth.
“Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness.”
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL!
Go forth with joy proclaiming the Good News.
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."