• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
  • image
Thursday, 27 September 2018 12:23

We don't have to see the end goal of our works - just do our bit

 

Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150Some days all of us surely wonder if what we’re doing in our day-to-day life is really making a difference for the Kingdom of God. We have frustrations and difficulties and we wonder if we’re on the right track. But this month, as I reflected on the foundations of the Society of the Divine Word, I was reminded yet again, that we don’t have to see the end goal of what we’re doing. It is enough to pray, to do our best, and to do our bit.

When Fr Arnold Janssen felt called to begin a missionary society in the late 1800s, during Bismarck’s Kulturcampf crackdown on Catholic life in Germany, he didn’t get much encouragement. Many people said he wasn’t the right man for the job, or that the times weren’t right for such a project. 

Arnold’s answer was: “The Lord challenges our faith to do something new, precisely when so many things are collapsing in the Church.”

I’ve been pondering on that statement in light of the situation the Church finds itself in now, especially with regards to the abuse scandal which has rocked us to the core, both here in Australia and around the world. Certainly, in the face of such criminal failures, it can feel as though many things “are collapsing in the Church”.

But, as St Arnold shows us, it can be at times like this that the Lord challenges our faith to do something new.As missionaries we are always being asked to keep ourselves open to the Lord challenging our faith to do something new.

We must always be willing to change, to try new things, to go to new places, to get to know new people and to learn their needs, so that we can accompany them in their need.

On September 8, 1875, when Arnold Janssen officially blessed the modest mission house in Steyl, Holland, he could not have seen how his daring to do something new would blossom, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, into what it has become today.

He was warned against even starting his missionary dream. Today, the Society of the Divine Word is the largest missionary congregation in the world, with more than 6000 missionaries in 80 different countries. It continues to thrive because it has retained that essential openness of St Arnold’s to open himself up to something new, to see where the need is, and to go there.

So, like St Arnold, we might not see where our own ministry, work and dreams will end up. Perhaps certain works might wither on the vine and die, offering us again the invitation in faith to do something new. But perhaps, they might grow into something we never imagined, entrusted to the people who come after us, for the glory of God.

Either way, all we’re asked to do is begin anew every day, and to keep working and praying, with an openness to the Spirit and a heart of love.


Yours in the Word,

Fr Henry Adler SVD,

Provincial.