During the summer months, students have an opportunity to travel to a foreign country to assist the poor and less fortunate. Indeed, the word “Catholic” literally means universal and as a universal Church, we are truly meant to be a unified humanity in Christ. Catholicism teaches us that we, the Church, comprise the Mystical Body of Christ and the unity of the Mystical Body produces and stimulates charity among the faithful (CCC 179).
Using this metaphor, 1 Corinthians 12:23-26 provides us a distinct charge for this unity: “Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If (one) part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.” It is with this charge that that we venture forth in our missions through FOCUS. We know that there are parts of our Mystical Body that are suffering and we are called to care for all those who suffer whether through direct service or the ministry of solidarity. With this in mind, we must realize that this charge of unity also implies a message to bring humanity to the fullness of Christian truth which is the Catholic Faith.
If you would like more information on FOCUS Summer or Spring Break mission trips or would like to apply, please visit the FOCUS Missions website at http://focusmissions.org.