“As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You”
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 25, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI’s message for World Mission Sunday, which will be observed Oct. 23. The message, titled “As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You” (John 20:21), was published today by the Vatican press office.
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“As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You” (John 20:21). On the occasion of the Jubilee of 2000, the Venerable John Paul II, at the beginning of a new millennium of the Christian era, reaffirmed forcefully the need to renew the commitment to take to all the proclamation of the Gospel with “the same enthusiasm of the Christians of the early times” (“Novo Millennio Ineunte,” No. 58). It is the most precious service that the Church can give to humanity and to each person who seeks the profound reasons to live his existence fully. Because of this, this same invitation resounds every year in the celebration of World Mission Sunday. In fact, the incessant proclamation of the Gospel also vivifies the Church, her fervor, her apostolic spirit, it renews her pastoral methods so that they are increasingly appropriate to the new situations — also those that require a new evangelization — and animated by the missionary drive: “the mission renews the Church, reinforces the faith and Christian identity, gives new enthusiasm and new motivations. The faith is strengthened by giving it! The new evangelization of Christian peoples will find inspiration and support in the commitment to the universal mission” (John Paul II, “Redemptoris Missio,” No. 2).
Go and Proclaim
This objective is continually revived by the celebration of the liturgy, especially of the Eucharist, which always ends recalling the mandate of the Risen Jesus to the Apostles: “Go …” (Matthew 28:19). The liturgy is always a call ‘from the world’ and a new sending ‘to the world’ to give witness of what has been experienced: the salvific power of the Word of God, the salvific power of the Paschal Mystery of Christ. All those who have encountered the Risen Lord have felt the need to proclaim him to others, as did the two disciples of Emmaus. They, after recognizing the Lord in the breaking of the bread, “rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered there” and they told what had happened on the road (Luke24:33-34). Pope John Paul II exhorted to be “vigilant and prepared to recognize his face and run to our brothers, to take the great announcement to them: We have seen the Lord!” (“Novo Millennio Ineunte,” No. 59).
All peoples are recipients of the proclamation of the Gospel. The Church “is missionary by nature, as she takes her origin from the mission of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, according to the plan of God the Father” (“Ad Gentes,” No. 2). This is “the happiness and vocation proper of the Church, her most profound identity. She exists to evangelize” (Paul VI, “Evangelii Nuntiandi,” No. 14). Consequently, she can never be shut-in on herself. She roots herself in certain places in order to go beyond. Her action, in adherence to the word of Christ and under the influence of his grace and of his charity, is made fully and actually present to all men and to all peoples to lead them to faith in Christ (cf. “Ad Gentes,” No. 5).
This task has not lost its urgency. On the contrary, “the mission of Christ Redeemer, entrusted to the Church, is still far from being accomplished … a global look on humanity shows that this mission is still at the beginning and that we must commit ourselves with all our energies in its service” (John Paul II, “Redemptoris Missio,” No. 1). We cannot remain tranquil in face of the thought that, after two thousand years, there are still peoples who do not know Christ and have not yet heard his message of salvation.
Not only this; the multitude grows of those that, even having received the proclamation of the Gospel, have forgotten and abandoned it, not recognizing themselves now in the Church; and many environments, also in traditionally Christian societies, today are refractory in opening themselves to the word of faith. Underway is a cultural change, fueled also by globalization, by movements of thought and by the prevailing relativism, a change that leads to a mentality and a lifestyle that does without the evangelical message, as if God did not exist, and which exalts the search for well-being, easy earnings, careers and success as the objective of life, even at the cost of moral values.
Co-responsibility of All
The universal mission involves all, everything and always. The Gospel is not an exclusive good of the one who has received it, but is a gift to be shared, good news to communicate. And this gift-commitment is entrusted not only to a few, but to all the baptized, who are “a chosen race … a holy nation, God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9), to proclaim his wonderful works.
All activities are also implied in it. Attention and cooperation in the evangelizing work of the Church in the world cannot be limited to some particular moments and occasions, nor can they be considered as one of the many pastoral activities: the missionary dimension of the Church is essential and, therefore, must always be kept present. Hence it is important that every baptized person as well as the ecclesial communities be interested not only in a sporadic and irregular way in the mission, but in a constant way, as the way of Christian life. The Missionary Day itself is not an isolated moment in the course of the year, but a precious occasion to pause to reflect on how we respond to the missionary vocation; an essential response for the life of the Church.
Evangelization is a complex process and includes several elements. Among these, a peculiar attention on the part of missionary animation, has always been given to solidarity. This is also one of the objectives of World Mission Sunday, which through the Papal Missionary Associations requests help in carrying out tasks of evangelization in mission territories. An attempt is made to support institutions necessary to establish and consolidate the Church through catechists, seminaries, priests and also to make a contribution to the improvement of the conditions of life of persons in countries in which the phenomenons of poverty, malnutrition especially of children, illnesses, lack of health services and education are more acute. This also falls within the mission of the Church. Proclaiming the Gospel, she takes seriously human life in the full sense. It is unacceptable, reaffirmed the Servant of God Paul VI, that in evangelization subjects are neglected that refer to human promotion, justice, liberation from every form of oppression, obviously in respect of the autonomy of the political sphere. To be indifferent to the temporal problems of humanity would mean “to forget the lesson which comes to us from the Gospel concerning love of our neighbor who is suffering and in need” (“Evangelii Nuntiandi,” No. 31); it would not be attuned to Jesus’ conduct, who “went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity” (Matthew 9:35).
Thus, through co-responsible participation in the mission of the Church, the Christian becomes a builder of communion, of peace, of the solidarity that Christ has given us, and collaborates in the realization of the salvific plan of God for the whole of humanity. The challenges that it meets, calls Christians to walk together with others, and the mission is an integral part of this path with all. In it we bear, though in vessels of clay, our Christian vocation, the inestimable treasure of the Gospel, the living testimony of Jesus dead and resurrected, encountered and believed in the Church.
May this World Mission Sunday revive in each one the desire and the joy of “going” to meet humanity taking Christ to all. In his name I impart to you from my heart the Apostolic Blessing, in particular to all those who most toil and suffer for the Gospel.
In the Vatican, Jan. 6, 2011, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
Pope Benedict XVI reminded Catholic bloggers and Facebook and Youtube users Monday to be respectful and sensitive when witnessing to others about Jesus Christ.
He also said the ultimate goal of spreading the gospel online should not be about how many hits they get.
The pope called for a “Christian style presence” online that is responsible, honest, and discreet.
“We must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its ‘popularity’ or from the amount of attention it receives,” Benedict wrote in his annual message for the church’s World Day of Social Communications.
“The proclamation of the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive,” he added.
The head of the Vatican’s social communications office, Archbishop Claudio Celli, said it was certainly correct to direct the pope’s exhortation to some conservative Catholic blogs, YouTube channels and sites which, with some vehemence, criticize bishops, public officials, and policies they consider not Catholic enough.
“The risk is there, there’s no doubt,” Celli said in response to a question. He confirmed that the Pontifical Council for Social Communications was working on a set of guidelines with recommendations for appropriate style and behavior for Catholics online.
Celli said the Holy See was working on a new multimedia portal that would be the point of reference for the whole Vatican that he hoped would be operational by Easter. It would start out in English and Italian, with other languages added later.
The March for Life is nearly here, January 24, possibly prompting more discussion about the issue of abortion with “pro-choice” people you know.
This article is about one single argument you are likely to hear. It seems to come up time and again. It goes something like this:
A woman is pregnant and tragically she gets cancer. She needs an abortion to save her life, but pro-lifers (or “the Catholic Church”) would let (or require) the woman die to save the “fetus”.
Please, please, if you are a woman, don’t go into how you would rather have your baby live, even if you died. That is not the point. That is not the point even if the questioner is coming at the you with a hypothetical situation, i.e. “What if you got cancer and you were pregnant…?” If you say you would rather have your baby live, all you do is reinforce the notion that you don’t believe you have a choice — you brainwashed boob, you. Instead turn the discussion away from what you would choose to the larger question of whether any woman has a choice in this matter according to Catholic teaching.
The point we need to keep returning to is that a woman is free to choose to save her life, even by means of a treatment that will certainly result in the loss of the unborn child. Neither reason, the natural moral law, nor the Catholic Church demand that she must sacrifice herself to save the child. Nor has positive law (laws made by legislators) ever done so. Even when procured abortion was strictly against the law, the law recognized the right of a woman to receive a medical treatment that had as an unintended consequence the destruction of the fetus’ life in such cases as uterine cancer or ectopic pregnancy. And she doesn’t have to have even one child in order to exercise that right — her right to life is inviolable and is not based on some function she performs on behalf of anyone else.
I called my representative – it’s easy…
Please read the memo below from our legislative director.
We have a busy week ahead of us, with the pro-abortion Obamacare repeal vote tomorrow and the introduction of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
After reading the memo, Click Here to call your Representative to tell them to vote to repeal the pro-abortion Obamcare law and urge them to co-sponsor the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
To: SBA LIST STAFF
Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:58 AM
From: Blair Bjellos, Legislative Director
Subject: Need all hands on deck
The next few days are going to be extremely busy on the Hill, and we are going to need all hands on deck.
Please make sure our activists are mobilized TODAY on two critical pieces of legislation:
Repealing Pro-Abortion Obamacare
Congress will convene tonight to begin debate on repealing the pro-abortion health care law.
The vote to repeal pro-abortion Obamacare in the House is set for Wednesday.
ACTION: SBA List activists need to call their Representative TODAY and tell them to support repeal of Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion on-demand since Roe v. Wade.
Introduction of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”
Later this week, Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) are expected to introduce the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would establish a government-wide ban on abortion funding. This is one of the top priorities of our Stop Abortion Funding campaign.
ACTION: When SBA List activists call their Representative to ask them to Repeal the Pro-Abortion Obamacare law, they should also ask them to sign on as an original co-sponsor of the bi-partisan “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”
Please make sure our activists are mobilized TODAY.
Susan B. Anthony List
“There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church—which is, of course, quite a different thing. These millions can hardly be blamed for hating Catholics because Catholics “adore statues;” because they “put the Blessed Mother on the same level with God;” because they “say indulgence is a permission to commit sin;” because the Pope “is a Fascist;” because the Church “is the defender of Capitalism.” If the Church taught or believed any one of these things, it should be hated, but the fact is that the Church does not believe nor teach any one of them. It follows then that the hatred of the millions is directed against error and not against truth. As a matter of fact, if we Catholics believed all of the untruths and lies which were said against the Church, we probably would hate the Church a thousand times more than they do.
If I were not a Catholic, and were looking for the true Church in the world today, I would look for the one Church which did not get along well with the world; in other words, I would look for the Church which the world hates. My reason for doing this would be, that if Christ is in any one of the churches of the world today, He must still be hated as He was when He was on earth in the flesh. If you would find Christ today, then find the Church that does not get along with the world. Look for the Church that is hated by the world, as Christ was hated by the world. Look for the Church which is accused of being behind the times, as Our Lord was accused of being ignorant and never having learned. Look for the Church which men sneer at as socially inferior, as they sneered at Our Lord because He came from Nazareth. Look for the Church which is accused of having a devil, as Our Lord was accused of being possessed by Beelzebub, the Prince of Devils. Look for the Church which the world rejects because it claims it is infallible, as Pilate rejected Christ because he called Himself the Truth. Look for the Church which amid the confusion of conflicting opinions, its members love as they love Christ, and respect its voice as the very voice of its Founder, and the suspicion will grow, that if the Church is unpopular with the spirit of the world, then it is unworldly, and if it is unworldly, it is other-worldly. Since it is other-worldly, it is infinitely loved and infinitely hated as was Christ Himself. … the Catholic Church is the only Church existing today which goes back to the time of Christ. History is so very clear on this point, it is curious how many miss its obviousness…”
Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws which led to the death and persecution of Christians and religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.
Predictably, Muslims have protested the Pope’s honesty by burning effigies of the pope and claiming he is anti-Muslim. As you can see, their protest is full of misspellings and ironies.
Funny, don’t these countries seem to love to lecture the United States and other nations on how they should conduct their affairs?
Bravo to Pope Benedict XVI!
Update: Lots of people – over 5,783 and counting – already petitioned Marquette University NOT to hire pro-abortion Sen. Russ Feingold. The BIG problem is that Marquette calls itself Catholic.
You can also respectfully and politely call the office of the president of Marquette with your concern. Call Fr. Robert A. Wild, S.J. at 414-288-7223.
I also wanted to let you know that TFP Student Action members recently held a Call to Chivalry Winter Camp for teenagers. The program had an exciting mix of talks, games and outings. More details are available at:
On a different note, I would like to know what you think about two thought-provoking pictures of two libraries at Yale University. The two libraries reveal two vastly different states of spirit, two clashing cultures.
God bless you and thank you for everything you do to defend moral values.
Tradition Family Property
Student Action Director
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Love this from Lisa Graas.. And verse 15 is one reason we believe in Tradition and Scripture…
“…I did not hear even an acknowledgement of the catastrophe that befell my generation of Catholics, how we were robbed of our patrimony, our religious inheritance, our authentic faith.”
The reason for this is that the Left hates patriarchy, tradition and objective truth, they don’t have an inkling of a clue that you have been “robbed” of anything but would consider that you are an ignorant person who doesn’t appreciate the “freedom” they have to offer. In their eyes, you are like the freed slave who is afraid to leave the plantation. The cause of their hatred of these things has devolved over the years and we are now experiencing an eclipse of reason.
READ. [Emphasis mine.]
2 Thes. 2
 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren,
 not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
 Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition,
 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this?
 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
 And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
 The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders,
 and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
 Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,
 so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
Further, my sister, the Faith is a gift. You can’t really be “robbed” of a gift, can you? I walked in darkness for over twenty years. Was I “robbed”? Or was it just the path that God put me on? The journey meant for me?
“Could the professor truly not be aware of the indignation and frustration that’s out here and growing, especially as more and more Catholics awaken to the truths of the Faith that were withheld from them?”
This is where they get the idea that clinging to religion is a psychological problem. You are refusing their “gift” of hatred. What do they hate? See above.
“…[T]hose chiefly responsible have yet to acknowledge their neglect, which has now affected two generations.”
And they won’t, barring profound spiritual awakening. See again this, regarding the “eclipse of reason”.
If the Pope is calling for a “new world order”, he’s not talking about socialism – he’s talking about “subsidiarity” – BIG difference..
July 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Newspapers, blogs, talk-shows on radio and television are full of discussion over Pope Benedict XVI’s supposed call for a “new world order” or a “one-world government.” These ideas are, however, neither based in reality nor a clear reading of the Pope’s latest encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, the release of which yesterday spawned the heated discussion.
The Pope actually speaks directly against a one-world government, and, as would be expected from those who have read his previous writings, calls for massive reform of the United Nations. Confusion seems to have come from paragraph 67 of the encyclical, which has some choice pull-quotes which have spiced the pages of the world’s news, from the New York Times to those of conspiracy theorist bloggers seeing the Pope as the Anti-Christ.
However, in paragraph 41, the Holy Father specifically differentiates his concept of a world political authority from that of a one-world government. “We must,” he says “promote a dispersed political authority.” He explains that “The integrated economy of the present day does not make the role of States redundant, but rather it commits governments to greater collaboration with one another. Both wisdom and prudence suggest not being too precipitous in declaring the demise of the State. In terms of the resolution of the current crisis, the State’s role seems destined to grow, as it regains many of its competences. In some nations, moreover, the construction or reconstruction of the State remains a key factor in their development.”