Dear Parish Family,
Last year, at this time, we had Pope Francis with us in our city. The Holy Father addressed Congress, visited the poor of the city, prayed in the Cathedral, and canonized the Franciscan friar Junipero Serra. In the Mass of Canonization, on the steps of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis stated:
“The spirit of the world tells us to be like everyone else, to settle for what comes easy. Faced with this human way of thinking, “we must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and for the world” (Laudato Si’, 229). It is the responsibility to proclaim the message of Jesus. For the source of our joy is “an endless desire to show mercy, the fruit of our own experience of the power of the Father’s infinite mercy” (Evangelii Gaudium, 24). Go out to all, proclaim by anointing and anoint by proclaiming. This is what the Lord tells us today. He tells us: A Christian finds joy in mission: Go out to people of every nation! A Christian experiences joy in following a command: Go forth and proclaim the good news! A Christian finds ever new joy in answering a call: Go forth and anoint!”
May the Holy Father’s encouragement for us to be evangelizers be a vocation we take to heart.
Your servant in Christ,