Sunday, October 18, 2020

Transmitting the treasure of faith

I ask the Irish laity, at home or abroad to transmit, especially to their families, with wholesome pride and at the cost of sacrifice, by word and deed, the treasure of their faith. Millions of Irish families throughout the world have given a glorious and convincing witness to Christ and his Church; this must never cease. And I pray that everyone—every sector of God’s people—will be motivated by the absolute necessity of sharing the faith with others. The innermost nature of the Church requires this. The will of God and the glory of the Most Blessed Trinity is at stake. The Church is, and must remain, missionary, until Christ comes again in glory.

(Message of His Holiness John Paul II to the National Missionary Congress of Ireland, April 22, 1979.)