By Fr. Reno Aiardi, IMC
On World Mission Sunday, Catholics all over the world are strongly invited to collaborate with the Society of the Propagation of the Faith in bringing Christ to the people and the people to Christ.
The opportunity for us to “Give the World One Great Big Hug,” comes in the form of expressing gratitude and appreciation of more than 70,000 missionaries working in the vineyard of the Lord under the banner of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in 153 countries around the world.
During the Year of Faith, the Pope has asked all of us to be part of a great prayer movement focused on the person of Jesus Christ and faith in Him. This prayer movement, to which we are all called, will be centered on the World Mission Rosary.
The World Mission Rosary was inaugurated by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1951. He saw the need for us to pray not just for ourselves, but for the whole world, and especially for those who are poor and vulnerable at home and around the world.
Listening to the Word of God calling us to be at the service of others, like Jesus, bearing sufferings, the infirmities but also the hopes of humankind, we would like to ask the following questions: How is God’s world? How is Jesus’ world? Our immediate answer is: They are great and open to everyone.
How is our world? Sometimes we get bogged down in our little world because our vision if foggy, our mission is limited and our reaching out to the missions is questionable. You are cordially invited to enter God’s world by sharpening your vision, by broadening your mission and by reaching out to the world by your good works and prayer life.
Thank you for caring and sharing and mostly importantly praying during this Year of Faith, leading us all towards a common goal…”Giving the World One Great Big Hug.”
Fr. Reno Aiardi belongs to the Consolata Missionaries and is currently the pastor of St. Francis De Sales Parish in Riverside and Director of the diocesan Missions Office.