Michael Corcoran mhm, General Superior
As this message goes out to our membership we will be preparing to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of our foundation in many different parts of the world. As Mill Hill Missionaries we have a long and impressive record of doing mission throughout the world, living and sharing the Gospel with different faith communities, inspiring, informing and guiding future generations of missionaries, wherever they come from. It is important that we look back at this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished in and through so many missionary travellers crossing diverse boundaries in witnessing to the Gospel.
Of course as we look back the milestone indicates that there is also a journey ahead. We are aware of the many challenges that call us to be ever missionary in our own world of today. Think of the migrant situation – unfortunately the sea for many has become a tomb, but it should be a bridge. It must not be considered a border: the sea connects one country to another, one continent to another. If there are problems in a country or in a continent, the opposite shore should be there to help. We must find ways to recuperate hope and the serenity that comes from knowing that God’s living presence is amongst us. Our gesture in making a donation to the Jesuit Relief Service in lieu of a reception for our Jubilee celebration at Westminster towards the relief of migrants is made in this spirit, small as it is.
Our missionary thrust calls us to create a new culture, one that is welcoming and only sees the flaws and failures of others as a reminder of one's own need for God's mercy. In each person we see ourselves … sinful but loved, undeserving but invited, shamed but embraced, lost but trusted. As Christians and missionaries we are called to live the Gospel in a radical way which means to wholeheartedly embrace the message of salvation brought by Christ, all of us receiving the same mission to witness unity in the diversity, but above all to become prophets of God’s love in a divided world.
Dialogue on many different levels is much needed in our fractured world. This dialogue does not only comprise discussion but also includes all positive and constructive relations with individuals and communities which are directed at mutual understanding and enrichment. This is true also for our Mill Hill Society as we live the dialogue of life which is closely linked with friendship, and is one of the effective experiences in missionary work. The dialogue of life can be practiced in many places, in classrooms, parishes, offices, work places and in our relations with each other on a Society level, as a genuine desire to do what is right and just for the Society and individual members.
“God of love, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.” (Pope Francis ‘Laudato Si’).
Des, Andrew and Jimmy join me in wishing you every blessing in your ministry especially at this Eastertime.
Michael Corcoran, MHM