Acts of the Apostles, nicknamed the “Gospel of the Holy Spirit,” captures the missionary movements and deeds of the first apostles. Today we learn of the early Church commissioning Barnabas and Saul (Paul) to preach. They were “sent out by the Holy Spirit” (13:4) from Antioch to Cyprus on what would be St. Paul’s first missionary journey. More would follow.
To this day, the Church remains on mission, as illustrated by the lives St. Peter Chanel and St. Louis Grignion de Montfort. Even before he was ordained in 1700, Louis dreamt of founding a society of missionaries. An enthusiastic preacher throughout western France, he eventually founded two orders that spread the gospel to other countries. Born a century later, Peter Chanel brought the message of Christ from France to Futuna Island, northeast of Fiji. He eventually died a martyr’s death and is the patron saint of Oceania.
Where will we help to spread the gospel? Are we being attentive to the Holy Spirit?
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