Chapter Five’s last theme is “Courageous missionaries.” What does that mean? Catholics of all ages will find brave people in their midst. It’s not easy to care for sick loved ones, to stand up for our values, or to remain faithful to our commitments. But many of us manage it some of the time.
To be a missionary means to align one’s life with the mission of Jesus. We don’t need to volunteer to journey to a faraway land to do that. It takes real courage to do it wherever we find ourselves today, in the present time and place. It involves asking, “What can I do for you today, Lord.” Pope Francis begins by saying it begins with love, and by aligning our actions with the values of Jesus:
175. Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to be witnesses of the Gospel wherever they find themselves, by the way they live. Saint Alberto Hurtado once said that “being an apostle does not mean wearing a lapel pin; it is not about speaking about the truth but living it, embodying it, being transformed in Christ. Being an apostle does not mean carrying a torch in hand, possessing the light, but being that light… The Gospel, more than a lesson, is an example. A message that becomes a life fully lived”.[Ustedes son la luz del mundo. Address in Cerro San Cristóbal, Chile, 1940. The text can be found at: https://www.padrealbertohurtado.cl/escritos-2/%5D
The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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