September 25, 2013

Here's a Quick Way to Understand Pope Francis

To understand the "missionary mandate" of the Church is to understand everything Pope Francis has been saying ever since the Holy Spirit appointed him Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Catholic Church.

The media has been going wild quoting Pope Francis - but is he saying anything new? Absolutely not. The Catechism can help us understand:

Mission - A requirement of the Church's catholicity
849:  The missionary mandate. "Having been divinely sent to the nations that she might be 'the universal sacrament of salvation,' the Church, in obedience to the command of her founder and because it is demanded by her own essential universality, strives to preach the Gospel to all men": "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and Lo, I am with you always, until the close of the age."

851: Missionary motivation. It is from God's love for all men that the Church in every age receives both the obligation and the vigor of her missionary dynamism, "for the love of Christ urges us on." Indeed, God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth"; that is, God wills the salvation of everyone through the knowledge of the truth. Salvation is found in the truth. Those who obey the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation. But the Church, to whom this truth has been entrusted,must go out to meet their desire, so as to bring them the truth. Because she believes in God's universal plan of salvation, the Church must be missionary." 

And so - it is really quite simple:

To be honest our previous pontiffs have all done the same - each in their own way! The Holy Father is "going out to meet" all men (meaning men and women) where they/we ARE - so as to lead - by proclaiming the Gospel message to all - so that all may achieve salvation. The Holy Spirit has gifted us with a true missionary Pope. I pray that many will come to know the Truth of the Gospel - Jesus Christ - through the missionary zeal of the Holy Father.
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