I have felt the deep longing that beats within your hearts: you want to be happy.
Christ is the answer.
People are made for happiness. We all thirst for happiness and rightly so. We all carry with us the sense that there is more, that we are made for more. Why is it that we love stories of adventure, battle, victory, great love? It reflects a truth that lies deep within the human heart, a desire for greatness, truth, beauty, and goodness. It is the grandeur of the human soul. This desire calls us towards the path to know truly who we are and what we are made for, to “put out into the deep.” Christian, know thyself. – Catechism of the Catholic Church
Christ has the answer to this desire of yours.
But he asks us to trust him. True joy is a victory, something which cannot be obtained without a long and difficult struggle. Christ holds the secret of this victory.
Many and enticing are the voices that call out to us from all sides: many of these voices speak of a joy that can be had with money, with success, with power. Mostly they propose a joy that comes with the superficial and fleeting pleasure of the senses. It comes with a shallow sense of purpose.
Mission Tradition counters the voice of the world and answers the desire of the human person with words that are not our own, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” The Beatitudes, the primary Gospel, work on happiness. The joy promised by the Beatitudes is the very joy of Jesus Himself: a joy sought and found in obedience to the Father and in the gift of self to others.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Only Jesus is the true Master, only Jesus speaks the unchanging message that responds to the deepest longings of the human heart, because He alone knows “what is in each person” (John 2:25). Today he calls you to be the salt and light of the world, to choose goodness, to live in justice, to become instruments of love and peace. His call has always demanded a choice between good and evil, between light and darkness, between life and death. He makes the same invitation today to you.
Tradition in the Mission
When the Fraternity goes on mission, it brings to the faithful there many things, but the most important gift it brings is the traditional Latin Mass.
You must be holy in the way God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify the world in your everyday life.
– St. Vincent Pallotti
It came forth out of the grand mind of the Church, and lifted us out
of earth and out of self, and wrapped us round in a cloud of mystical sweetness and the sublimities of a more than angelic liturgy, and purified us almost without ourselves, and charmed us with the celestial charming, so that our very senses seemed to find vision, hearing, fragrance, taste, and touch beyond what earth can give.
– Father Faber