December 16, 2015

While not all are called to the lifelong missionary vocation ad gentes, all must pray for and foster a missionary spirit both in their own hearts and in their faith communities. Bishops and priests particularly must realize they are primarily responsible for this universal mission and the formation of enthusiastic, mission-conscious believers. But it is especially within the family unit that the laity will develop love for the missionary vocation since the family, "the domestic Church", is the privileged place for mission evangelization. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1992)

December 15, 2015

Since the Church is by her very nature missionary, evangelization constitutes a duty and a right for every one of her members. The Lord calls us to go beyond ourselves and to share with others the blessings we have received, beginning with the gift of faith, which cannot be considered as a private privilege but must be seen as a gift to be shared with those who have not yet received it. Such activity will benefit faith itself since faith is strengthened when it is shared. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1992)

December 14, 2015

No Christian community is faithful to its duty unless it is missionary: either it is a missionary community or it is not even a Christian community. Today, more than ever, now that the mission, also understood specifically as the first announcement of the Gospel to non-Christians, is knocking at the doors of Christian communities of centuries-old evangelization, and is becoming more and more a "mission among ourselves", this commitment takes on the greatest urgency in every community. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 13, 2015

We cannot remain indifferent when we think of the millions of men and women who, like us, have been redeemed by the Blood of Christ, yet still do not have sufficient knowledge of God's love. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can withdraw from the supreme duty of proclaiming Christ to all peoples. Today two-thirds of humanity do not know Christ; they need him and his message of salvation. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1992)

December 12, 2015

The witness of a Christian life-style, is a silent but efficacious way of preaching God's word. The men and women of today, who seem indifferent to the search for the Absolute, really feel a deep need for it and they are attracted and moved by holy people who reveal the Absolute by their example. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 11, 2015

If all the Church's members are consecrated for the mission, then they are all responsible for carrying Christ to the world through their own personal efforts. Participation in this right/duty, is called "missionary cooperation" and this necessarily stems from holiness of life: only one who is grafted onto Christ like the branches to the vine (cf Jn 15:5) can produce much fruit. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 10, 2015

The faith which renews life and the mission that strengthens faith cannot remain as hidden treasures or as an exclusive experience of isolated Christians. Nothing is further from the mission than a Christian closed in on himself: if his faith is solid, it is sure to grow and must open out towards the mission. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 9, 2015

All of us, members of the Church, moved by the same Spirit, are consecrated, albeit in different ways, to be sent: by virtue of Baptism the Church's own mission is entrusted to us. We are called and we are obliged to evangelize, and this fontal mission, which is the same for all Christians, must become our daily "care", our constant and ever present concern. (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 8, 2015

How moving and encouraging it is to imagine the communities of early Christians, as they opened out to the world, which for the first time they looked on with new eyes: with the eyes of those who have come to understand that God's love is to be expressed in the service for the good of our brothers and sisters. The memory of their experience moves me to repeat once again the main thought of the recent Encyclical: "For missionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes faith and Christian identity and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others!" (Blsd. Pope John Paul II, World Mission Day Message 1991)

December 7, 2015

We must ensure that in every Christian community the poor feel at home. Would not this approach be the greatest and most effective presentation of the good news of the Kingdom? Without this form of evangelization through charity and without the witness of Christian poverty the proclamation of the Gospel, which is itself the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood or submerged by the ocean of words which daily engulfs us in today's society of mass communications. The charity of worksensures an unmistakable efficacy to the charity of words. (Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte 50)

December 6, 2015

Today we must courageously face a situation which is becoming increasingly diversified and demanding, in the context of "globalization" and of the consequent new and uncertain mingling of peoples and cultures. Over the years, I have often repeated the summons to thenew evangelization.I do so again now, especially in order to insist that we must rekindle in ourselves the impetus of the beginnings and allow ourselves to be filled with the ardour of the apostolic preaching which followed Pentecost. We must revive in ourselves the burning conviction of Paul, who cried out: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel" (1 Cor9:16). (Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte 40)

December 5, 2015

O Virgin Mother, guide and sustain us so that we might always live as true sons and daughters of the Church of your Son. Enable us to do our part in helping to establish on earth the civilization of truth and love, as God wills it, for his glory. Amen. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 64)

December 4, 2015

O Virgin full of courage, may your spiritual strength and trust in God inspire us, so that we might know how to overcome all the obstacles that we encounter in accomplishing our mission. Teach us to treat the affairs of the world with a real sense of Christian responsibility and a joyful hope of the coming of God's Kingdom, and of a “new heaven and a new earth”. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 64)

December 3, 2015

There is the conviction that at one and the same time each of us is the goal and principle of formation: the more we are formed and the more we feel the need to pursue and deepen our formation, still more will we be formed and be rendered capable of forming others. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 63)

December 2, 2015

God calls me and sends me forthas a laborer in his vineyard. He calls me and sends me forth to work for the coming of his Kingdom in history. This personal vocation and mission defines the dignity and the responsibility of each member of the lay faithful and makes up the focal point of the whole work of formation, whose purpose is the joyous and grateful recognition of this dignity and the faithful and generous living-out of this responsibility. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 58)

December 1, 2015

People are approached in liberty by God who calls everyone to grow, develop and bear fruit. A person cannot put off a response nor cast off personal responsibility in the matter. The solemn words of Jesus refer to this exalted and serious responsibility: “If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned” (Jn 15:6). (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 57)

November 30, 2015

You (O Virgin Mary) who were gathered in prayer with the Apostles in the Cenacle, awaiting the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost, implore his renewed outpouring on all the faithful, men and women alike, so that they might more fully respond to their vocation and mission, as branches engrafted to the true vine, called to bear much fruit for the life of the world. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 64)

November 29, 2015

In the work of formation some convictions reveal themselves as particularly necessary and fruitful. First of all, there is the conviction that one cannot offer a true and effective formation to others if the individual has not taken on or developed a personal responsibility for formation: this, in fact, is essentially a “formation of self”. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 63)

November 28, 2015

All the members of the People of God -clergy, men and women religious, the lay faithful-are laborers in the vineyard. At one and the same time they all are the goal and subjects of Church communion as well as of participation in the mission of salvation. Every one of us possessing charisms and ministries, diverse yet complementary, works in the one and the same vineyard of the Lord. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 55)

November 27, 2015

One of the basic objectives of this renewed and intensified pastoral action, which must involve all components of the ecclesial community in a coordinated way, is an attitude which looks upon the sick person, the bearer of a handicap, or the suffering individual, not simply as an objectof the Church's love and service, but as an active and responsible participant in the work of evangelization and salvation. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 54)

November 26, 2015

Youth must not simply be considered as an object of pastoral concern for the Church: in fact, young people are and ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the Church as leading characters in evangelization and participants in the renewal ofsociety. Youth is a time of an especially intensive discoveryof a "self" and "a choice of life". It is a time for growthwhich ought to progress "in wisdom, age and grace before God and people" (Lk2:52). (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 46)

November 25, 2015

The Church calls upon the lay faithful to be present, as signs of courage and intellectual creativity, in the privileged places of culture, that is, the world of education-school and university-in places of scientific and technological research, the areas of artistic creativity and work in the humanities. Such a presence is destined not only for the recognition and possible purification of the elements that critically burden existing culture, but also for the elevation of these cultures through the riches which have their source in the Gospel and the Christian faith. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 44)

November 24, 2015

In both accepting and proclaiming the Gospel in the power of the Spirit the Church becomes at one and the same time an "evangelizing and evangelized" community, and for this very reason she is made the servant of all.In her the lay faithful participate in the mission of service to the person and society. Without doubt the Church has the Kingdom of God as her supreme goal, of which “she on earth is its seed and beginning.” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 36)

November 23, 2015

A great venture, both challenging and wonderful, is entrusted to the Church-that of a re-evangelization,which is so much needed by the present world. The lay faithful ought to regard themselves as an active and responsible part of this venture, called as they are to proclaim and to live the gospel in service to the person and to society while respecting the totality of the values and needs of both. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 64)

November 22, 2015

It is particularly important to know that the work of formation, while having intelligent recourse to the means and methods available from human science, is made more effective the more it is open to the action of God.Only the branch which does not fear being pruned by the heavenly vinedresser can bear much fruit for the individual and for others. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 63)

November 21, 2015

There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called “spiritual” life, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called “secular” life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture… Every activity, every situation, are the occasions ordained by Providence for a “continuous exercise of faith, hope and charity.” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 59)

November 20, 2015

The proclamation of this good news gains credibility when it is not simply voiced in words, but passes into a testimony of life, both in the case of all those who lovingly care for the sick, the handicapped and the suffering, as well as the suffering themselves who are increasingly made more conscious and responsible of their place and task within and on behalf of the Church. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 54)

November 19, 2015

Today there is an increase in the presence of lay women and men in Catholic hospital and healthcare institutions. At times the lay faithful's presence in these institutions is total and exclusive. It is to just such people-doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, volunteers-that the call becomes the living sign of Jesus Christ and his Church in showing love towards the sick and suffering. (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 53)

November 18, 2015

The sick can become bearers of the “joy inspired by the Holy Spirit in much affliction” (1 Thes1:6) and witnesses to Jesus' resurrection. A handicapped person expressed these sentiments in a presentation in the Synod Hall: “It is very important to make clear that Christians who live in situations of illness, pain and old age are called by God not only to unite their suffering to Christ's Passion but also to receive in themselves now, and to transmit to others, the power of renewal and the joy of the risen Christ.” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 53)

November 17, 2015

Even the sick are sent forth as laborers into the Lord's vineyard:The sick are called to live their human and Christian vocation and to participate in the growth of the Kingdom of God in a new and even more valuable manner.The words of the apostle Paul ought to become their approach to life or, better yet, cast an illumination to permit them to see the meaning of grace in their very situation: “In my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church.” (Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici 53)