A Conversion of Indi...

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

Pope Francis’ Missio...

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and...

Wake Up, The Glory o...

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to...

Pope Francis’ ...

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world as...

Catholic Youth, Unit...

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through...

Why I Don’t Se...

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing...

Cardinal Dolan, Can ...

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot...

How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room Oct20

How to be a Missiona...

Most of us will never go to a foreign land to spread the gospel. We just don’t have the support to drop everything and travel half-way around the world. We put our money in the basket at the second collection on World Missions Sunday but we never see where that money is going. We never...

True Mission or a &#...

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young...

Chosen by Jesus to P...

By Joseph Summers Here at Family Missions Company (FMC) we are constantly blessed to see the transforming power of the Gospel! When our missionaries share God’s Word and Truth in sincere love for the poor whom they serve, God shows up and changes lives. This was the case last year, when...

They Are of the Fles...

I am the son of refugees. Almost three decades ago, my parents escaped from the brutal Khmer Rouge (French: “Red Cambodians”) regime in Cambodia. Their leader, Pol Pot, and his ilk sought to turn Cambodia back to a utopian “Year Zero” and impose their Maoist-Communist ideology upon the...

More than a Feeling:...

By Rebekah L. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Missionaries aren’t always enthusiastically happy. We get tired and crabby. We lose our tempers. We inwardly groan when there’s one more knock at the door. Sometimes the last thing we feel like doing is leading another retreat or helping...

Man Enough? An Invit...

“Jesus is not an isolated missionary, he does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples.” – Pope Francis #Man Enough? from Family Missions Company At Family Missions Company we confidently know that God is calling many people today to proclaim the Good News....

What the New Evangel...

By Joseph Summers “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.” Mk 2:22 It is an exciting time to be a Catholic! Even more so a Catholic missionary evangelist!...

Break Me Open: The D...

Often, I wonder what an authentically Catholic, person-centered approach to evangelization looks like.  So many goods, particularly sex, love, the body, and the family, have been twisted and misinterpreted by the culture.  The truth is ours to reclaim. I still can feel the floor under my...

Mission is … a...

Meghan’s parents were with her as she waited to check in at the airport. Her father asked her again, “Why are you doing this?” With honest simplicity, she replied, “Dad, like I’ve told you, I can’t explain it. I just know I have to do this.” What was it that Meghan felt so...

The Kitchen Is My Mi...

The only time I have ever wanted to be a missionary of any sort was when I met a Franciscan sister from Togo.  She was radiant, especially because her love of Christ was obvious in every word she spoke and movement she made.  I was drawn to her and as she spoke of her order’s work with...