I grew up in Goa, a small state on the west coast of India. Back in the 16th century, the great missionary saint St. Francis Xavier traveled to India and helped bring the Catholic faith to Goa. Over the centuries, the seeds sown by St. Francis Xavier, and others like him who came to Goa, have borne great fruit. Today, the Catholic faith is thriving in Goa.
Ironically, while the Western world drove evangelization efforts in the past to Goa and so many other places, it is in that very part of the world where the need to spread the truth about Jesus and His Church is now the greatest. The biggest change though is that the days of traveling abroad to mission territories have passed. We all now live in ‘mission territory’ and we have to intentionally work to introduce (or reintroduce) the faith to our relatives, friends and colleagues.
Here are five simple ways you can be a missionary to those around you:
- Place an overt, yet simple Christian symbol on your door or desk
- Start sharing your Church experiences
- Invite your friend to a Catholic social event
- Bring God back into our special occasions