The mission of the Catholic Church has been to go out and spread the Good News (Gospels) baptizing all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. This has always been our mission. To go out and evangelize, not to stay comfortable in your home. Heaven is our real home. Some people complain about the priests going out to evangelize. They want the priests to stay only in Guam and minister to only the Catholics on Guam. This is not the plan of Jesus Christ. Christ instructed His Apostles to go out and to baptize all nations, all people...so that we all become one family of God. It is a good thing that the Catholic Church is turning toward evangelization for thi
During the Easter announcement, it was proclaimed that we are to continue the Great Mission that was started by Pope Francis. So, I expect that in the coming weeks ahead, those involved in the catechesis will be letting the community know when and where the Great Mission will take place in their parish. It was announced at the Easter Announcement that a community was born as a result of the Great Mission.
The Way has already been in existence for 35 years. Today, the Neocatechumenal Way is extended to eight hundred dioceses, six thousand parishes, one hundred and five nations and seventeen thousand communities. Its members are estimated to be about one million. If God had not intended for the Neocatechumenal Way to exist, it would have fallen many years ago. If the Way comes from human, it will be destroyed, but if it comes from God, it will not be destroyed. As the Bible says:
Acts 5:38-39 So now I tell you, have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this acitivity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God." They were persuaded by him.
It is not too difficult to enumerate the fruits of the Neocatechumenal Way; families who have reconciled and are open to life and are grateful to the Church, who offer to go and proclaim the Gospels to the ends of the earth, especially in the most dechristianized and poor areas. From these families are now arising a great number of vocations.
Like Opus Dei, the Neocatechumenal Way has been met with many controversies. In fact, there is a parallel between Opus Dei and the Neocatechumenal Way. Based on reports from Spain in 1866-1942, Opus Dei was considered to be "very dangerous for the Church in Spain." Father Wlodimir Ledochowski described it as having a "secretive character" and saw signs in it of a covert inclination to dominate the world with a form of Christian masonry. According to its founder, Josemaria Escriva, "Opus Dei is composed of ordinary lay Christians who are taking their baptism-based calling to become holy, as the first Christians did, without in any way being externally distinguished from other citizens of the Roman Empire." Sound familiar?
The Neocatechumenal Way is also composed of ordinary lay Christians who are taking their baptism-based calling to become holy as the first Christians did. The founder of Opus Dei was later declared to be a holy saint by the Vatican. Would Kiko Arguello also be declared a holy saint one day?