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PAGE8 THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 3, 1969 [ Christ Lives Among Us Christ Has Died mmm ...Is Risen ...Will Come Again Yes, this is what we proclaim; this is the mystery of faith, the Good News to all men -- CHRIST LIVES AMONG US. Jesus told his disciples: "I am among you as one who serves." (Luke: 22:27) So also today Christ is among us as one who serves. Each of us who claims the name of Christian shares in Christ's mission of service. Only in ser- vice is Christ real and alive in our lives and made present for others. In serving others we are all missionaries. The active missioner responds to this mission of service by di- rectly serving the poor and needy of our world. Christ is present where two or three are together in His name; in community: in communication. For a missionary to make Christ present he must be able to communicate. He must learn a different language and adjust to different foods, customs and geographical conditions. A missionary going into the back- road of underdeveloped coun- tries often lives among untold human suffering. He encounters illiteracy, starvation, physical and mental illness, deplorable shelters and living conditions. In the face of such great need, he often confronts discouragement; feels his own inadequacy and lack of resources; and perhaps even indifference from the very people he goes to serve. is growing in places where twenty years ago Christ was unknown. In proportion to the needs still remaining, the Body of Christ is yet in infancy. Africa's population of 260 million has 30 million Catholics; Latin America numer- ically constitutes almost one third of the universal Church, yet there are at present approximately 800 foreign priests and 1200 native -- an average of one priest for 10,000 Catholics. And Asiahas a popula- tion of one billion with 43 million Catholics -- one priest for every 78,000 Catholics. (The United States has approximately one priest for every 814 Catholics.) A missionary serving is Christ serving. A missionary living among people is Christ living among them. And to make this possible the missionary must de- pend on others for the tools to communicate and make commun- ity, namely, the spiritual and fi- nancial support of us back home. Please be extra generous to the Mission Sunday Collection. Over 850 dioceses throughout the world rely on The Society for the Pro- pagation of the Faith for the bare necessities to assist the people they serve. The missionary spirit of St. Paul still burns in the heart of every "missionary" -- serving actively in other countries or serving supportingly at home: Saving Christ is present in a priest serving hispeople in the providing the spiritual growth of the Christian minister of the sacraments, preacher of the Word, and the worshipping community. Buthe goes to serve in as many ways as there are needs. He may be a priest, teacher, doctor or nurse, a social worker, adminis- trator, mechanic or carpenter. Whatever he does, he makes Christ present by his friendship, concern, and love. He is found in schools, clinics, chapels, orphan- ages, leprosy colonies, and com- munity centers. Seminaries for native clergy and houses of reli- gious are increasing. Christianity The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory; this is the Christ we proclaim... To get this done Itoil and struggle, using the mighty strength that Christ supplies, which is at work in me. (Col. 1:28) It is in this spirit that MISSION SUNDAY is celebrated. CHRIST LIVES kMONG US -- HELP US TELL THE WORLD! Healing Christ is present healing the sick through medical they doctors, nurses, or health-care educators. A Sister can be found serving in "primitive dispensaries" or a ern mission hospital. Whether it be leprosy, tropical maternity, or first aid, she offers her service and