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“Missionary Impulse”

November 4, 2014

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By Susanna Bolle

It was not long after arriving at the Proclaim Catholic Mission’s Conference that I found myself deeply moved. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by many young adults and families who have said “yes” to the radical call to serve God by proclaiming the Gospel in foreign missions. You see, I’ve flown to the famous land of the po’ boy to visit my brother, his wife, and their five beautiful children who have responded to the “missionary impulse” that the Lord inflamed their hearts with. My brother and his family were convicted of the message in Luke 18:22 to “sell everything you have and give to the poor…then come, follow me.” They have chosen to completely surrender their lives to the Lord and follow his call for their family to proclaim the Gospel in foreign lands, to “declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3). If you would like to learn more about Family Missions Company, or donate to the Bolle family’s fundraising efforts, please visit the Family Missions Company website.

I have come to the FMC conference to learn more about the “missionary impulse” which Pope Francis describes in Evangelii Gaudium. Pope Francis states, “If the whole Church takes up this missionary impulse, she has to go forth to everyone without exception. But to whom should she go first? When we read the Gospel we find a clear indication: not so much our friends and wealthy neighbours, but above all the poor and the sick, those who are usually despised and overlooked, ‘those who cannot repay you’ (Luke 14:14). This missionary impulse is necessary-but it is not comfortable. In Evangelii Gaudium even Pope Francis admits this, “an authentic faith-which is never comfortable or completely personal-always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.”

Upon reflecting on my weekend with Family Missions Company, I am convicted of the Lord’s voice in Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” The Lord must knock at our door, because he cannot enter unless we let him in…and he desires to enter our home not only to share a meal with us, but to bring us out. It is my prayer that when I return home from Louisiana, I will have the courage to open the door of my heart to Christ. That I will respond to the beating of the missionary impulse and allow Christ to bring me outside of myself so that I can fulfill the call of Pope Francis’ message and “leave this earth somehow better than” I “found it.”

Bolle is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Evangelization & Catechisis of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

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