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Understanding our missionary vocation
04/10/2011 Senegal

“Missionary Month is a renewed commitment of all Christians of our two countries to witness the Gospel in the wake of the new evangelization. A commitment of our Churches to make known the Good News to all,” writes Fr. Bruno FAVERO, omi, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Senegal and Mauritania, in his message for the Missionary Month.

Recalling the teachings of Pope Paul VI (“The Church exists to evangelize.”) and of Blessed Pope John Paul II (“Faith is strengthened by giving.”), Fr. Bruno says that “the missionary dimension is not just about priests: it is a requirement included in our Baptism, and every baptized person is called to take up this task concretely -- to share with others the gift of the Gospel.”

“The Missionary Month of October,” continued the National Director of the PMS, “is therefore a privileged moment for understanding our missionary vocation, for providing time and resources so that the Gospel continues its journey into the hearts of our contemporaries; time for offering our suffering, dear sick people, so that the Gospel might penetrate our society.” Missionary Month is also “a time to live in deep solidarity with the Church, giving the little we have because, in turn, the Church distributes the fruits of this solidarity to all the Churches of the world, especially those under construction like ours.”

As concrete ways to live Missionary Month, Fr. Bruno suggests prayers, offerings of material goods but also of suffering. Particularly recommended is praying the rosary “to discover with Mary the ways of the mission.”

“In our Senegal, with its contradictions and weaknesses, in the face of legitimate expectations for the upcoming elections, Christians are called to a greater commitment to be actors in the renewal of our country,” said Fr. Bruno.

“In this sense, linking the mission and the rosary is, for our Church, an opportunity to live this commitment to the country under the gaze of Mary, Our Lady of the Missions. Sharing the Gospel, communicating the Good News, becomes then the original contribution of Christians in Senegal and Mauritania to the construction of their countries, and the advent of the civilization of love.” (LM) (Agenzia Fides 01/10/2011)