Promoting the vocation of the laity towards God
Promoting the vocation towards God
It is the love of Christ that fills our hearts and prompts us to evangelize.
Today as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (cf. Mt 28:19).
Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too, there is a need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith.
In rediscovering his love day by day, the missionary commitment of believers attains force and vigour that can never fade away.
Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.
It makes us fruitful, because it expands our hearts in hope and enables us to bear life-giving witness: indeed, it opens the hearts and minds of those who listen to respond to the Lord’s invitation to adhere to his word and become his disciples.” (Porta Fidei, #7)
Fourteen years ago, two of our founding members approached their parish priest, Father Salvador Ahumada, with a project proposal: “to work with the laity in need of spiritual support.” After taking a closer look at this proposal, Father Salvador began to translate the original proposal into a very ambitious project. His words were:
“This project is not for two or three people. Go out and evangelize with your testimony of life, and invite those who identify with your way of living the faith, to join the project, recognizing in it a call to their lay vocation”.
Following the advice of Father Salvador, and over many years, the founders of this missionary work encountered many challenges and situations that shook their faith, but the wisdom of their spiritual director encouraged them, and this encouragement made them feel God’s Love.
After several years of apostolic work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in the city of Calgary, on April 18, 2008, our statutes (Ad Experimentum) were presented to the Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary Frederick Henry for review and approval for work as a Catholic Missionary Society. It was on August 5, 2010, that thanks to the guidance and patience of Bishop Henry, Father Brian Hubka, and Father Salvador Ahumada our statutes were approved, thus marking the birth of the “Catholic Secular Society of Missionaries of God’s Love.” Our mission became even greater: “To promote the vocation of the laity towards God” through a formation program aimed at awakening in our brothers and sisters the desire for a life of prayer and apostolic service.
This call to serve others has its roots in Scripture:
“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” (2-Tim 2:1-2).
This mission entrusted by the Apostle Paul to Timothy resonated in the hearts of the Missionaries of God’s Love, who, in response to their baptismal call, focus their efforts on creating programs and opportunities for all those who want to start or strengthen their path towards God.
Pray with us
“Be there, silent. See that He looks at you, accompany Him and speak and ask and treat yourself with Him. Ask Him to always please Him because everything good has come from Him”.
St. Teresa of Jesus