July 12, 2009 10:33am CST
In the Mass today, I was intently listening to the Homily of an African Missionary priest. He said that while he was in the plane on his way home to the Philippines from Africa, a Fil-Am woman sitting beside him asked what his work was. He said, he was a missionary. The lady asked him, why doesn't he serve his countrymen. There are so many poor people in the Philppines. The priest said that, being a missionary, his first assignment was to go to Africa and serve the people there. And being a missionary does not limit his geographical assignment only to his homeland. I think and I believe he was right. Helping others has no limitations. You can do that on your own volition where ever you may be. In the same way that you do not have to be a missionary to help other people.
• United States
12 Jul 09
True, however I think that it could be beneficial to work within the confines of where that priest grew up, because that priest probably knows the language and culture of the philippines much better, as well as connecting better with the people because they share a national heritage, and he would understand their situation better than he would understand or be able to connect with a person from Africa. But, it is that kind of attitude that makes you put your faith in the spirit of giving and kindness across the world