From the Mission Field: The Mission Manifesto

This summer, we penned our Mission Manifesto. We think it sums up the work we have been up to for the past six years quite nicely. Each and every day this summer, our teens read the manifesto together as they began their work on the mission field. By the end of the week, they all were able to share so beautifully how much these words spoke to them and made an impact on their LBH experience.

To share this manifesto with you all, we’d love for you to hear the words spoken by the 2014 Core Team. (We’re still praying for our nearly 400 summer missionaries each and every day.)

Below, we’d invite you to read about how our mission is inspired by our Holy Fathers and our Patron, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. If you want to a copy of the Manifesto to print and/or share, please download this one right here: LBH Mission Manifesto with Quotes!

Neighbors first.

We boldly take initiative to bring love to our neighbors, evangelizing with patience and joy.

An evangelizing community knows that the Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 24)

We are aware that when we close our eyes to our neighbor, it also blinds us to God.

Saint John’s words should rather be interpreted to mean that love of neighbor is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbor also blinds us to God. – Pope Benedict XVI (Deus Caritas Est, 16)

We encounter Him in those we serve.

Christian love is not simply an act of charity, it is also an encounter with Christ himself in the poor. – Saint John Paul II to the Missionaries of Charity

By putting God first in all we do, we live to serve others. Things of the world come last. We will find ourselves and come alive when we make a sincere gift of ourselves to our neighbors.

This likeness reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself. – Second Vatican Council, (Gaudium et spes, 24)

Small things. Great love.

We work on a small scale with a larger perspective.

We need to sink our roots deeper into the fertile soil and history of our native place, which is a gift of God. We can work on a small scale, in our own neighborhood, but with a larger perspective. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 235)

No task is too small in the eyes of the Lord when filled with great love.

God has created us so we do small things with great love. I believe in that great love, that comes, or should come from our heart, should start at home: with my family, my neighbors across the street, those right next door. And this love should then reach everyone. – Blessed Mother Teresa

We will aim for perfection in our work because our work belongs to the Lord.

Our falling short of perfection should be no excuse; on the contrary, mission is a constant stimulus not to remain mired in mediocrity but to continue growing. – Pope Francis, (Evangelii Gaudium, 121)

Missionary Disciples

We are missionaries who work with passion, knowing we can bring God’s love to our brothers and sisters who hunger.

There is a terrible hunger for love. We all experience that in our lives – the pain, the loneliness. We must have the courage to recognize it. The poor you may have right in your own family. Find them. Love them. – Blessed Mother Teresa

Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self.

Love, in order to survive, must be nourished by sacrifices, especially the sacrifice of self. – Blessed Mother Teresa

We refuse to settle for comfort and complacency, because we know each person is infinitely loved.

The life of the Church should always reveal clearly that God takes the initiative, that “he has loved us first” (1 Jn 4:19) and that he alone “gives the growth” (1 Cor 3:7).  – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 12)

“It is important always to know that the first word, the true initiative, the true activity comes from God and only by inserting ourselves into the divine initiative, only begging for this divine initiative, shall we too be able to become – with him and in him – evangelizers”. – Pope Benedict XVI

We are the ones who enjoy life most, leaving security on the shore, on a mission to spread the joy of the Gospel.

The Gospel offers us the chance to live life on a higher plane, but with no less intensity: “Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others”. – Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium, 10)

Thanks for checking in! In case you are curious, Love Begins Here 2015 Registration is going to open on December 15th this year! The calendar will be released in mid-October.

In the meantime, get excited for a new Madison Catholic Youth podcast. It will highlight the latest and greatest for our Diocesan Catholic youth, the happenings around Camp Gray and what’s up on the LBH Mission Field. We are planning to launch it on Thursday, October 2!

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