Category: Missions

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

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 being active […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

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 that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

[ 8 ] December 4, AD 2013 |

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 […]

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How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room

How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room

[ 1 ] October 20, AD 2013 |

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 […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 5 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

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 adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Chosen by Jesus to Proclaim the Good News: One Filipino Family’s Call to Missionary Life

Chosen by Jesus to Proclaim the Good News: One Filipino Family’s Call to Missionary Life

[ 1 ] September 25, AD 2013 |

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 Sammy and Lindsey Romero […]

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More than a Feeling: One Missionaries’ Honest Reflection in Calcutta

More than a Feeling: One Missionaries’ Honest Reflection in Calcutta

[ 3 ] September 13, AD 2013 |

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 another beggar. I was planning […]

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Man Enough? An Invitation to Mission

Man Enough? An Invitation to Mission

[ 2 ] July 16, AD 2013 |

“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. All Catholic families and laity are called to […]

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What the New Evangelization is NOT!

What the New Evangelization is NOT!

[ 1 ] June 24, AD 2013 |

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! All […]

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Break Me Open: The Discomforts of Evangelization

Break Me Open: The Discomforts of Evangelization

[ 12 ] November 19, AD 2012 |

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 little carpet square.   Seven years ago, I went […]

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Mission is … a heart to serve and love

Mission is … a heart to serve and love

[ 2 ] July 27, AD 2012 |

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 compelled to […]

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The Kitchen Is My Mission Field

The Kitchen Is My Mission Field

[ 7 ] July 19, AD 2012 |

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 […]

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