The month of October is dedicated to two related devotions in the Church: the Holy Rosary and the Missions of the Church.
Most fittingly, the month is begun with the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus on October 1st. She is the Patroness of the Missions alongside St. Francis Xavier, SJ. Together these two great saints show us the two-fold dimension of all missionary spirituality:
1) contemplative prayer and sacrifice
2) active missionary apostolate
All the baptized are called to participate in the love for our neighbor and the mission of Christ’s redemption suffering for the salvation of the world. We cannot neglect to pray and sacrifice for the conversion of souls and for the missionaries in the field. Similarly, we cannot casually set aside the task of making Christ known to others through the witness of our lives, and the preaching of the Gospel according to our state of life.
Our Lady of the Rosary and the Missionary Rosary
The whole Church honors Our Lady of Rosary on October 7th and consecrates the month especially as the month of the Rosary. We are also invited to recall Our Lady of Fatima’s final message and great miracle of the sun on October 13, 1917. Her maternal teaching to the faithful has always been to pray for peace by praying the Rosary. We need only to let her draw us to her Son through the Rosary to find that as Blessed John Paul II so often reminded us: “the Rosary is a Christocentric prayer.”
The Missionary Rosary invites us to pray for various parts of the world as we pass through the five mysteries of any given day. Learn more about the Missionary Rosary directly from the Vatican website.
World Mission Sunday, October 20, 2013
This year World Mission Sunday falls on October 20th and includes a worldwide day of prayer and local special collections for the Propagation of the Faith. It is a beautiful day to pray for the missions and to offer a contribution to the needs of missionaries and young Catholic communities around the world.
Missionaries of our Religious Family
We also invite you to pray for all missionaries, including our own missionary priests and sisters in the most difficult places. Visit www.ssvmonlus.org, our website dedicated to the neediest of our missions for information and videos about the missionary work of our sisters, and www.ivemissions.org to follow the work of our brothers, the IVE priests.
We commend to your prayers especially the members of our Religious Family in Aleppo, Syria (learn more at their Syria blog), the Gaza strip, and in Egypt.
May Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Therese teach us how to pray for peace and to unite ourselves with the missions of the Church.