The Universal Call to Mission

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jul 10, 2018 5:00:00 AM

Preach the Good News | Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

The Church today teaches us that all of the baptized have two fundamental calls: the universal call to holiness and the universal call to mission. In the extraordinary lives of Saint Francis and Saint Junípero Serra, holiness and mission were one, unified in the joy of the Gospel. When we follow in their way, they show us the way forward as witnesses of Jesus in the world. As disciples of Jesus, we experience the joy of faith, the joy of prayer, the joy of life’s pilgrimage, the joy of detachment, the joy of relationship, the joy of service, and indeed the joy of salvation. Like Francis and Junípero, we find deep joy in following the command: Go forth and proclaim the Good News! Because of our call to holiness, we proclaim the Good News not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by Jesus Christ.

–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California  Missions

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino


Categories: Saint Junipero Serra, Pilgrimage, Pope Francis