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How do you feel about sharing your faith? Reflect with Pope Francis

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Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 02/02/21

God addresses the call to mission to all of us, says the pope.

Pope Francis is calling all Christians to share their experience of Christ, especially as “our own times are not easy,” and “there is urgent need for the mission of compassion.”

“In our present circumstances,” he says, “there is an urgent need for missionaries of hope who, anointed by the Lord, can provide a prophetic reminder that no one is saved by himself.”

In his message for World Mission Day, the pope said that the call to share our experience of Christ — “what we have seen and heard” — applies to everyone.

Today too Jesus needs hearts capable of experiencing vocation as a true love story that urges them to go forth to the peripheries of our world as messengers and agents of compassion. He addresses this call to everyone, and in different ways. We can think of the peripheries all around us, in the heart of our cities or our own families. Universal openness to love has a dimension that is not geographical but existential. Always, but especially in these times of pandemic, it is important to grow in our daily ability to widen our circle, to reach out to others who, albeit physically close to us, are not immediately part of our “circle of interests” (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 97). To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May his compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples.

Consider your own call to be a missionary with these 12 reflections from the message, and images of Pope Francis’ trips around the world.

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