Go, Share the Good News

The Holy Father Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Mission Month. The following paragraph from Pope Francis’s letter shares with us the context in which such an announcement was made.

“For the month of October 2019, I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment as we commemorate the centenary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919). Its farsighted and prophetic vision of the apostolate has made me realize once again the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again”.

In this context I thought it appropriate to present a few quotes on evangelization which will inspire us rediscover our missionary responsibility – all the more relevant for Jesus Youth, which professes to be ‘a missionary movement at the service of the Church’.

“Our meeting today is a missionary response in obedience to Christ’s instruction: ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved.’ And I am particularly content that this mission of yours will be carried out thanks to Christian families who, joined together in a community, have the mission of giving the signs of the faith that attract men to the beauty of the Gospel. … To those non-Christians who have never heard of Jesus Christ, and the many non-Christians who have forgotten who Jesus Christ was, who He is: non-Christians who have been baptized but have forgotten their faith on account of secularization, worldliness and many other things. Let us reawaken that faith!”

“Therefore, even prior to the word, it is your witness of life that demonstrates the heart of Christ’s revelation: that God loves man to the extent of delivering Him to death, and that He was resurrected by the Father to give us the grace of offering our life for others. How much solitude, how much suffering, how much distance from God there is in many peripheries of Europe and America, and in many cities of Asia! How great is humanity’s need, in every latitude, to hear that God loves us and that love is possible!” — Audience with members of the Neocatechumenal Way, March 6, 2015

“To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.”                          -St. Thomas Aquinas

I would be a missionary not for a few years only but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages – St. Therese

You have all eternity to experience the presence of God but you have a very short time to do something for him – Mother Angelica 

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 – Pope Francis

Evangelization is the mission of the Church, not just a few – my, your, our mission – Pope Francis