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The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Our God is a God of Surprises

I have long believed in the axiom proclaimed in the title of this article.  Just when one thinks they can predict the normal course of events, something incredible happens as it did last week.  With the resignation of our Supreme Pontiff and head of the Pontifical Mission Societies, Pope Benedict XVI, for just a moment the world seemed to turn sideways.  The secular media was in an uproar! How could this happen? What does this mean?

My favorite media clip actually came from Facebook where someone parodied the old British war poster: Keep calm and Catholic on.

Indeed, that is exactly what the Holy Father seems to be doing.  Pope Benedict is showing the world his ultimate strength – that of being a Catholic teacher.  Throughout his Pontificate, the pope has taught us that the most important thing we can do as Catholics, no matter who we are, is to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus Christ and pray to live out His mission for us daily, even if the world tells us something different.  Perhaps his renunciation of the power and status of the papacy is a clear signal to all that he means to teach us how true humility and selflessness – the message of Christ and his missionaries - are lived in fidelity to God’s will, not our own.

At the last gathering of the National Directors of Pontifical Mission Societies, Pope Benedict underscored the importance of this: “The message of Christ, past and present, can not conform to the logic of this world, because it is prophecy and deliverance, it is the seed of a new humanity that is growing, and which only at the end of time will have its full realization…Evangelization, which is always urgent, in these times impels the Church to work with ever quickening steps on the path of the world, to bring knowledge of Christ to every man. Only in the Truth, in fact, that is Christ Himself, can humanity discover the meaning of existence, to find salvation and grow in justice and peace. "
Fr. Tim Lehane, SVD, Secty. Genl. of the Propagation of the Faith and Dr. Baptistine Ralamboarison, Secty. Genl. of Missionary Childhood Association are greeted by now Pontiff Emeritus Benedict
 The Holy Father gave us instructions on that day that should be followed no matter who occupies the Chair of Peter:"Today, mission needs to renew its trust in the action of God; it needs intense prayer so that His Kingdom will be done on earth as in heaven.”

Join us today in praying for the Holy Father and his successor, the next Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff.  Please consider making a gift in his honor to the work of the Church and her missionaries through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith as well.
-Maureen Crowley Heil

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