• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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July 3, 2015

Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

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St. Thomas is best known for his greatest mistake. He doubted the resurrection of Jesus. Considering all the time Thomas had spent with Christ, he should have trusted our Lord. However, we may have made the same mistake as well. What’s important is that Jesus gave Thomas another chance – and Thomas responded with fidelity. “Thomas answered and said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you come to believe because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed’” (John 20:28-29).

St. Thomas was a loyal disciple of our Lord until the end of his days. It is generally thought that he journeyed to India to teach others about the love of Christ. And, like virtually all the other Apostles, Thomas is believed to have been martyred for his Christian faith.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us ask St. Thomas’ help in growing our faith – and sharing our belief in Christ. We can also pray that he encourages all missionaries and the people they help.

Meet Those Who Offer a Listening Heart in the Missions… Support the “Messengers of Healing Hope and Peace” – priests and religious in training – in the Mission Church. Read more.


July 4, 2015

Independence Day / Saturday in the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

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The 4th of July is the celebration of our country’s birth – the United States of America. More than that, it is our time to remember all those who spent their lives seeking the well-being of Americans for generations to come. The Declaration of Independence that was adopted on this day in 1776 acknowledged the importance of personal dedication to the common good. “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

As followers of Christ, we have a special obligation to share His gifts generously. Let us express our gratitude to God for blessing this nation with the opportunity to enjoy freedom, including freedom of religion. Only by relying on our Lord, we can truly be the people He wants us to be “for I know that the LORD is great!” (Psalm 135:5).

Suggested missionary action:  We can thank God for the blessings He has given to us and to our country. We can ask Him to help us use our rights as Americans wisely to help others today and tomorrow.

Meet Those Who Offer a Listening Heart in the Missions… Support the “Messengers of Healing Hope and Peace” – priests and religious in training – in the Mission Church. Read more.


July 5, 2015

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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In St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he reveals how difficult it was to accept the many hardships he faced while preaching the Good News. Even though he knew he was doing God’s will, Paul faced both physical and spiritual trials. Moreover, Paul prayed for God to help him, but God did not relieve his sufferings. Instead, “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Even when we believe what we ask God to do is perfectly right, He may know differently. Our Lord wants to accomplish certain things through His plan for us. While God always welcomes our sincere prayers, His answer may be to strengthen us – rather than to remove the problem.

Suggested missionary action:  Let us ask Christ to help us willingly reach out to aid those in need every day. We can best serve His people by relying on His power and not our own.

Meet Those Who Offer a Listening Heart in the Missions… Support the “Messengers of Healing Hope and Peace” – priests and religious in training – in the Mission Church. Read more.

 

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