John Paul II says,

Today more than ever, the Church makes her own the words of the Apostle: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!" (1 Cor 9:16).

"PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE BEFORE GOD"

To a certain degree ... each of us is personally responsible, before God, for those millions of people who are "without faith."

"WE ARE NOT ALONE"

The size of the task and the recognition of the inadequacy of one’s energies may at times lead to discouragement, but " need not fear, we are not alone. The Lord Himself reassures us: "I am with you always; yes, until the end of time" (Mt 28:20)...

THE SPIRIT IS UPON YOU

All Christians, thanks to the "anointing" received in Baptism and Confirmation, can, indeed, should apply the Lord’s words to themselves, believing firmly that the Spirit "is" also upon them and sends them to proclaim the Good News, sustaining with His power every initiative of the apostolate.

"MISSION AND CONTEMPLATION"

An exemplary answer to the universal call to take responsibility for missionary activity was given in the past by St. Therese of the Child Jesus ... The life and teaching of Therese demonstrate the close bond between mission and contemplation. In fact, there can be no mission without a life of intense prayer and communion with the Lord and His sacrifice on the Cross.

"AUTHENTIC APOSTLES"

We can be authentic apostles, in a most fruitful way, even at home, at work, in a hospital bed, in a convent cloister .. ;what counts is that the heart burn with that divine charity which—alone-is able to transform into light, fire and new life for the whole of the Mystical Body and to the ends of the earth, not only physical and moral suffering, but also our daily fatigue.

"A NEW IMPULSE OF MISSIONARY COMMITMENT"

... I hope with all my heart that on the threshold of the new millennium the whole Church will experience a new impulse of missionary commitment. May every baptized person make this commitment his own...

Source: Message for World Mission Sunday, issued May 18, 1997. ŠJohn Paul Speaks, 1997 Presentations Ministries, Cincinnati, Ohio. Used by permission.

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