Reflection 245 Previous reflections Resolution The 16 Documents of Vatican II
Based on the Vatican 2 document:
On the Mission Activity of the Church
Ad Gentes - 27
This article speaks about missionary congregations
For many centuries, these institutes have borne the burden of the day. Often vast territories were committed to them for evangelization, and there they gathered together a new people for God, a local church.
if not all missionary congregations are now in decline.
Many reasons for the decline: Catholic families having fewer children, secularisation of the world etc
reason common to many congregations: as they became established in a mission
area, they lost their missionary drive.
They forgot they were meant to be marines opening new fronts
....and became local policeman keeping order in established areas
Jesus, please help missionary congregations keep their zeal alive