We are a missionary Congregation…
Wherever we work, our mission is especially to those people whose condition cries out for salvation and for the hope which only Jesus Christ can fully bring. These are the poor with their many faces; we give them our preference.
CC&RR, Constitution 5
Our lengthy reflection on the meaning of being a missionary congregation has shown the importance of the missionary character of our baptismal Mazenodian vocation. All of us are missionary disciples whose outlook and spirituality is missionary: like, Eugene, sharing with others our own experience of life and meaning.
Pope John Paul in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio (in whose composition our own former Oblate Superior General, Fr Marcello Zago, had a hand) concludes our reflection on how sharing our spirituality is mission:
Our times are both momentous and fascinating. While on the one hand people seem to be pursuing material prosperity and to be sinking ever deeper into consumerism and materialism, on the other hand we are witnessing a desperate search for meaning, the need for an inner life, and a desire to learn new forms and methods of meditation and prayer. Not only in cultures with strong religious elements, but also in secularized societies, the spiritual dimension of life is being sought after as an antidote to dehumanization. This phenomenon — the so-called “religious revival”– is not without ambiguity, but it also represents an opportunity. The Church has an immense spiritual patrimony to offer humankind, a heritage in Christ, who called himself “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6): it is the Christian path to meeting God, to prayer, to asceticism, and to the search for life’s meaning. (Redemptoris Missio n 38)
“Mission is the heartbeat of the Body of Christ” J. Crampsey SJ