Vatican City, 09 September, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis told Claretian Missionaries on Thursday that their work must always be rooted in contemplation.
Addressing participants in the community’s general chapter in Rome on Sept. 9, the pope underlined that prayer was the foundation of effective missionary work.
“You are missionaries: if you want your mission to be truly fruitful, you cannot separate your mission from contemplation and a life of intimacy with the Lord. If you want to be witnesses, you cannot cease being adorers,” he said, in a Spanish written text provided by the Holy See press office.
The XXVI General Chapter of the Claretian Missionaries -- officially known as the Missionaries, Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary -- is taking place from Aug. 15 to Sept. 12 with the motto “Rooted and audacious.”