|This Holy Week, thousands of missionaries will carry out Christ's message.|
México, March 23, 2006 (Good News). As the ball
sailed over the fence, one of the soccer players dashed
off the field to find it among the surrounding trees
and brush. As he stumbled through the undergrowth, suddenly he
stopped short as he came upon a small cabin! Why
hadn’t he seen it before?
The soccer player was an ordinary
young man who had signed-on to spend Holy Week as
a missionary in the remote village of Chilapa, Mexico. At
the moment, though, he was in the middle of an
exciting soccer game: missionaries vs. locals.
This newly found house took
him by surprise; they had visited every house… but he
hadn’t seen this cabin before. “Did we miss this house?
What should I do?” he wondered to himself. If he
decided to visit the residents, he might lose out on
the end of the intense soccer game.
Once he had launched
the ball back onto the field, he set off for
the cabin determined not to leave a single home un-evangelized.
As he entered, he was met with the groans of
a 103-year-old man lying on his death bed. Immediately the
young missionary took off running to the nearby church, where
the priest accompanying the group was hearing confessions.
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Upon arriving at
the cabin, no sooner was the priest able to administer
the last sacraments than the man passed away. Thanks to
Christ and his sacraments, this man, though 103 years old,
left the world with the smile and peace of a
This story might seem a bit dramatic, but 70,000 other
missionaries had similar experiences evangelizing Mexico last year during Holy
Week. They brought Christ to those in need of him.
2004, the same event was organized in the United States
by Youth for the Third Millennium. Missionaries went door-to-door in
Atlanta and Sacramento, while last year the missions grew and
2000 people went door-to-door in four different cities.
They prayed with
people and invited them to special Holy Week services at
their parish. Not only were there dramatic testimonies of people
who had long been away from their faith, but the
missionaries, both families and individuals, experienced that spiritual spark that
comes from sharing the faith with others.
As they prepare for
mission this year in Atlanta, Sacramento, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston,
Calgary, and Quebec City, organizers and missionaries are getting ready
for the biggest and best missions yet.
What are the missions
all about? Why spend Holy Week visiting houses and sharing
the faith with others? In the homily of his inauguration
Mass, Pope Benedict XVI offers us the answer: “And the
Church is young…The Church is alive and we are seeing
it: we are experiencing the joy that the Risen Lord
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promised his followers. The Church is alive – she is
alive because Christ is alive, because he is truly risen.”
Holy Week, thousands of missionaries will carry this message to
all those they encounter – Christ is alive and so
is his Church! If you want to be a part
of this life, all you have to do is click,
- Sources Buenas Noticias (5 March 2006), Fr. Juan
Pablo Ledesma, L.C. & www.ytm.org