The Institution of the Eucharist. (The Fifth Mystery of Light of the Rosary)
Colour illustration by Elizabeth Wang, The Institution of the Eucharist, copyright © Radiant Light 2004. All rights reserved. Radiant Light.
Artist's interpretation of the painting: At the Last Supper Jesus gave to his Church the sacred rite of the Eucharist, through which his once-for-all sacrifice on Calvary could be re-presented and offered for sinner through all ages to come. 'It is by God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.' (Heb. 10:10)
Here we present the words of Pope John Paul II on missionary vocations and, for those discerning their calling in life, a link to the National Office for Vocation.
"Cooperation is expressed above all by promoting missionary vocations. While acknowledging the validity of various ways of being involved in missionary activity, it is necessary at the same time to reaffirm that a full and lifelong commitment to the work of the missions holds pride of place, especially in missionary institutes and congregations. Promoting such vocations is at the heart of missionary cooperation. Preaching the Gospel requires preachers; the harvest needs laborers. The mission is carried out above all by men and women who are consecrated for life to the work of the Gospel and are prepared to go forth into the whole world to bring salvation.
I wish to call to mind and to recommend this concern for missionary vocations. Conscious of the overall responsibility of Christians to contribute to missionary activity and to the development of poorer peoples, we must ask ourselves how it is that in some countries, while monetary contributions are on the increase, missionary vocations, which are the real measure of self-giving to one's brothers and sisters, are in danger of disappearing. Vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life are a sure sign of the vitality of a church.
As I think of this serious problem, I appeal with great confidence and affection to families and to young people. Families, especially parents, should be conscious that they ought to offer a special contribution to the missionary cause of the Church by fostering missionary vocations among their sons and daughters.
An intense prayer life, a genuine sense of service to one's neighbor and a generous participation in Church activities provide families with conditions that favor vocations among young people. When parents are ready to allow one of their children to leave for the missions, when they have sought this grace from the Lord, he will repay them, in joy, on the day that their son or daughter hears his call.
I ask young people themselves to listen to Christ's words as he says to them what he once said to Simon Peter and to Andrew at the lakeside: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt 4:19). May they have the courage to reply as Isaiah did: "Here am I, Lord! I am ready! Send me!" (cf. Is 6: 8) They will have a wonderful life ahead of them, and they will know the genuine joy of proclaiming the Good News to brothers and sisters whom they will lead on the way of salvation."
-Redemptoris Missio, 79-80
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