Pope Francis has invited us to live in a significant time in which we are able to experience the mercy of God. To be witnesses of His merciful love in the world becomes a call that challenges us as a missionary family.

Father Claret had experienced the desire to bring happiness to the brothers and sisters as one of the reasons that led him to the mission[1]. Therefore, by sharing with others what gives meaning to our lives involves collaborating so that each and every one we meet are able to personally have an encounter with the Father-Mother-God of Jesus. A God who is love and affection, and wants life for the world.

Our happiness as missionaries is the good that we can offer and the joy that this attitude builds. It is joy that enlivens the people to whom we are sent, with those which whom we carry out the Shared Mission, and that also makes us happy. Beyond the personal limitations which we all have encountered, we give the best of ourselves in the service that has been entrusted to us.

To be witnesses-messengers of the mercy of God in our communities is easy to say but it also bring life to us. We must retain as a treasure the call to live this code of mercy that Jesus makes of us and the desire to expand our own heart to become like His (cf. Lk 6:36).

To achieve this, it is essential that we continually study the message of the Word and learn to contemplate life with the gaze of Jesus. It is a look that enables us to perceive that which comes from God and usually goes unnoticed. It is a look that moves us to see the pain and suffering of others; so as not to become ambivilent to the various forms of violence. Thus, we rescue our brothers and sisters of exclusion and injustice, and saves us from our solitude.

A pastoral of care of vocations in the code of mercy should lead us to the margins of life, to contemplate from there the reality and listen to the call that God gives us. We also need to plan a ‘visionary’ pastoral project that is not limited to only known recipiens; it is not enough to develop plans of good intentions that are unable to reach those who, for various reasons are at the margins of society, the Church, and in our own communities[2]

Br. Carlos Verga CMF

Prefect of Pastoral Care of Youth and Vocations

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1 Cfr. St. Anthony M. Claret, Autobiography, 213.

2 Cfr. XXV General Chapter, Missionari Summus, 30.