Let us give thanks to the merciful God, who has made us worthy to share the lot of the saints in light, who has rescued us from the power of darkness, and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. Col. 1:12
In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son that all peoples might be saved through Christ. The Messianic Savior promised to the Jews was also destined to be the light and salvation of the Gentiles. It is this mystery that we celebrate at Epiphany, how the Father, who had previously spoken only to the Chosen People of Israel, now invites the whole world to come see His face and know His tender love in the person of the Divine Infant. In the Three Wise Men we see the most fitting response to such generosity from God: they obey the beckoning of the star and undertake an arduous journey in order to adore the King of Creation and to offer Him gifts in gratitude.
We Christians today are receivers of the same superabundance of love which first moved God to call the Gentiles into His plan of salvation. In our faith we have been given the most precious of gifts: friendship with God. At every celebration of the Mass, Jesus Christ pours Himself out for us, and by giving Himself He gives us everything. What greater or more sublime things could we possibly ask for? Like the Magi, our response should also be one of great adoration and gratitude. To receive such as gift should move our hearts with the urgent desire to share what we have received with others.
As God has been generous in calling us to Himself, let us also never hesitate to share this joy with our brothers and sisters. Jesus asked his followers to make disciples of all nations and to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Let us show our gratitude for what we have received by praying and sacrificing for the missionary work of the Church. Let us show how much we value the gift of our faith by earnestly seeking to share it with the world. Let us never stop imploring the Father to send forth His Holy Spirit throughout the Church so that she may be a authentic witness to Christ’s love for all nations.
Newness of the Gospel and the Joy of Sharing it With Others from Pope Francis
“In every activity of evangelization, the primacy always belongs to God, who has called us to cooperate with him and who leads us on by the power of his Spirit.
The real newness is the newness which God himself mysteriously brings about and inspires, provokes, guides and accompanies in a thousand ways. The life of the Church should always reveal clearly that God takes the initiative, that “he has loved us first” (1 Jn 4:19) and that he alone “gives the growth” (1 Cor 3:7).
This conviction enables us to maintain a spirit of joy in the midst of a task so demanding and challenging that it engages our entire life. God asks everything of us, yet at the same time he offers everything to us.”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #12 (2013)
Mission Education: Knowing the Needs of the Universal Church
In order to support the missionary work in your prayers, you first need to know about the needs and intentions of the different missions.
Fides: This official site provides online access to the most current information of the Pontifical Mission Societies. Active since 1927, www.fides.org remains a front-line source of Catholic news from the most difficult areas of the world.
The Pontifical Mission Societies: This is the official site for the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, but it contains links to other Mission Societies along with international mission information and ways to support the missions. Click on this page to learn about the history of this important Society founded by the heroic laywoman, Pauline-Marie Jaricot (1799-1862), a friend of the Cure of Ars.
Aid to the Church in Need: Aid to the Church in Need is an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of the Church in places of great need. It was officially made a Pontifical Foundation in December 2011. Our mission in the Philippines was featured on their site last August. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, we have raised enough money to fund our project of creating a home for at-risk girls.
Sharing in the Missions Around the World: Prayers, Works, Sacrifices
Missionary Rosary: Learn to pray the Missionary Rosary, started and propagated by Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen from this explanation on the official Vatican website.
Lay Missionary Service: Read this stirring account of a lay missionary’s experience volunteering one of our missions in Peru: “With These Eyes I Have Seen Love” To learn more about opportunities to serve as a lay missionary (on your own or with a group) see our Lay Missionary section.
Visit www.ssvmonlus.org, (English/Spanish/Italian) our website dedicated to serving priority projects of our neediest missions. It also gives detailed provides updated news about the status of these projects and the work of our missionaries there.
Below are links to short videos that give an intimate look at some of our neediest mission sites. Thank you for your generous prayers for our missions.
Bethlehem, a 3:32 video in English about the Home of the Christ Child (“Hogar del Nino Dios”) for disabled children in the Holy Land
Philippines, a 2:34 video in English about the Home for Girls in Kalookan, outside Manila
Tanzania, a 0:58 minute video in Spanish about the apostolate in Ushetu, Tanzania
Ukraine, a 3:33 minute video made by Ukrainian journalists about the St. Nicholas Home of Mercy run by our Byzantine sisters (black habit)
Peru, a 14:18 minute video made by journalists from Holland following our General Superior, M. Anima Christ, during her canonical visit to the missions in Peru
Tajikistan, a 25 minute program by journalists from Spain highlighting our mission there
IVE Initiative to Commit to Pray for the Missions