Communities of missionary disciples going forth in joy to share the Good News of God's love. We're on a mission to discover God's love and share it with others. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers were founded almost 100 years ago to animate and support the Catholic Church in the U.S. to live up to its baptismal call to participate in the Christ's mission to bring the Good News of God's love to the world.
The children in the REC program at CCOP (ages 5 - 10) watched a video on the life of a young girl in Haiti - before the recent earthquake- and compared her life with theirs. Several children answered "yes" to the question, "Have you ever wondered what you would eat on a particular day?" No child answered "yes" to "Have you ever wondered IF you would eat on a particular day?"
After discussing differences of healthcare, education, and diet between the U.S. and Haiti, the children were broken up into four groups representing each of four continents/cultures: Asia, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, and U.S./Canada/Europe. A cloth from each region was spread out on the floor and the children gathered around their respective "tables."
All the children in the room (120) represented all the people of the earth. Asia, Africa, and Latin America tables had the largest groups of children. The U.S./Canada/Europe table had just a few to represent relative populations in the world. I produced a large bag of candy that represented all the food available on the earth and distributed it according to the relative per capita incomes of each region. The smallest amount went to Africa. There was 1 peice of candy for every 4 or 5 kids. The distribution was a bit more generous for Asia and Latin America. The rest of the large bag went to the U.S. et al group with many pieces per child.
Immediately the U.S. kids cheered for the amount they had to share among themselves. The kids protested in Asia and Africa and the Latin American group just looked disappointed.
When asked if it was fair, the U.S. group said they thought it was great. Naturally, the other regions disagreed! When asked why the food was not distributed evenly, most responses were related to the higher incomes of Americans and Europeans. When asked "why is that?" most kids thought it was because the people in the other countries didn't have good jobs or didn't know how to grow food well, or how to make better jobs for themselves. They were then asked if they thought things should be shared more equally, most agreed. When asked how they think we should make that happen, there were a variety of ideas ranging from shipping the food directly to teaching people how to earn more money, create jobs, grow food. I was impressed with their creativity!
When the U.S. group specifically was asked how they were going to share their candy they responded that they didn't want to and began to protest that it was theirs. When it was suggested that members of the other groups might just sneak in and take the candy they vehemently defended their borders and a small verbal skirmish broke out, some kids remarking that they would use guns to protect their stash. When asked "what would Jesus do to share the candy?" the answers were of course, he would distrubute it evenly. Once there was a consensus on what Jesus would think about how the candy should be shared, several children were assigned as "Missioners" and distributed candy to the rest. Soon everyone had a piece for themselves. Everyone had a lot of fun and I hope the adults present learned as much as their children. There are two more groups on Tue and Wed and one group on Thu and Fri. All in all 550 children will go through the exercise. More details later!
by Matt Gray,originally published in the Catholic Community of Pleasantonbulletin
A couple of weeks ago, I went with two others on a missionary immersion trip affiliated with the Maryknoll order of priests and nuns. We traveled to Haiti and spent one week in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We didn’t go to “do” anything or to try to build or “fix” anything. The model that we used was one of encounter. The metaphor is to walk with care through someone else’s garden. This posture is central to what it is to do “mission” work today.
There was a strong spiritual dimension to our time in Haiti. On three mornings we celebrated Mass at the convent of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa. We also joined the Sisters at their clinic. Inside the clinic is a room that contains 44 cribs and in each crib is a malnourished infant. The infants’ mothers bring their babies to the clinic because they have no food for them and their tiny bodies show sign…
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Join the Maryknoll Society’s Mission Education Team to help U.S. Catholics share God’s love as communities of missionary disciples. Motivated by love and challenged by the Gospel, Maryknoll’s global mission ministry aims to build bridges of solidarity and compassion with marginalized people throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are seeking a Mission Education Specialist - Promoter to engage in outreach to Catholic educators and students as part of our U.S. ministry to foster a culture of mission through mission education and engagement programs. This position specializes in developing global mission education resources for middle school students in line with the Maryknoll Society’s mission vision and Pope Francis’ vision for a missionary Church. Based out of our headquarters in Ossining, New York.
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