By John Martin C.Ss.R.
I began my missionary life doing Parish Renewal Programmes in a foreign language, in a foreign country with a fellow Redemptorist. Neither of us had given missions there before. We didn’t know what to do.
We got into a very good habit of finding out from the people what they needed. We still do that. I’ve come to believe that there is much more Good News than bad news.
I like to:
- work at the level of a whole diocese with the backing of the bishop as this gives a united message to the whole area;
- go to a place and spend time with the parish priests, the parish council, and the people, and then work out what to do;
- work towards ‘conversion’, in other words, inviting people to move from where they are towards a better ‘place’;
- give the people Good News and a message of hope;
- work with at least one other confrere.
As far as possible, we try to go where the Church does not or cannot go. Such work is satisfying, enjoyable and, at times, good fun!