The Mission Hub

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

Prayer, Fasting, and Charity

 I write these words not far  from Ash Wednesday.  On that day, folks all over the world bore on their heads the telltale sign of ashes, marking them as Christians, ready to embark on a journey through Lent—a journey that leads to the celebration of the central mystery of our faith—the Resurrection of Jesus.

This Lenten journey is meant to be both interior and exterior.  Certainly the ashes we accepted at the beginning of Lent identify us as pilgrims on that journey of faith.  However, even more significant is the interior passage that takes us from sin to grace, blindness to vision, bondage to freedom and death to life.  Through our prayer, fasting and charity we enter more deeply into the mystery of faith that, in our busy lives, we can take for granted or ignore altogether.

Charity takes many forms.  Its purpose is not simply to extend ourselves in doing for others things we might avoid.  It can lead us to express our faith locally, by reaching out to our near neighbors who are in need, or it may encourage us to look more globally, widening our horizons to the “far away neighbor” in any one of manifold mission territories all over the world.
During this season, The Society for the Propagation of the Faith conducts our Annual Lenten Appeal.  This Appeal enables missionaries to fulfill the mandate to reach out to people in mission territories all over the word, bringing the Gospel and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to those who need them desperately.  You may respond by filling out the coupon below, or by contributing online at  Your gift is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Your support is needed year round as well.  Please call us at 617-542-1776 or email to request a Membership Club Calendar with postage paid envelopes.  Through your membership in The Cardinal Cushing Club, as a monthly donor to the Society, you provide critical support to the men and women who have accepted the challenge of the mission “ad gentes”—to the nations.  
-Rev. Rodney J. Copp, JCL

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