yes, indeed, a constant reminder to me about mission. here’s a video i created on my experience at the maryknoll museum on mission (sorry if you’ve already seen it! i made this after attending MISO – Maryknoll International Service Orientation, with about 35 other missioners through various Catholic mission programs). i shared this video with the staff at the maryknoll ecological sanctuary out here in baguio, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my time here so far. they got to see what the museum looks like, as it is in new york, at the maryknoll headquarters!
there is such a grand presence of solidarity among all the missions here in baguio city, and it was especially moving when one of the staff members joked, but it was also serious, when she pointed out in the video, one of the “dishes” that people here in the philippines, truly do eat out of…
here is a description on the first image that you will see in the video (written by the author) – Also, Orbis Books is a publication affiliated with Maryknoll, and they provide numerous spiritual books! They are who published the recent book I read on St. Therese of Lisieux. Good Stuff! anyway, read below, it’s pretty awesome!:
”I have named this icon ‘Christ of Maryknoll’ because Maryknoll and Orbis Books mean so much to me. Both endeavor to see the Christ among the least of us, and to serve the Christ who lives in the margins of this world. Maryknoll priests, brothers, sisters, and lay people have been imprisoned in China and elsewhere for their work among the poor, the broken, the oppressed; Orbis has taken great risks to extend the Maryknoll vision. I hope this icon will bring inspiration to all those who share in that vision.
The icon does not make clear which side of the fence Christ is on. Is he imprisoned or are we? Through our cultural institutions and personal lives we all place barriers between ourselves and true happiness. We and our institutions also try to imprison Christ in various ways, to tame him and the dangerous memories he would bring us of our goals and ideals. The Christ of Maryknoll cannot be tamed.”
Robert Lentz, September 11, 2002
hope you enjoy the video! 🙂