The Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is featuring Maryknoll lay missioner Maria Montello and her teaching ministry in Cambodia in its World Mission Sunday coverage. The article is titled, “Maryknoll missionary takes faith, desire to serve to Cambodia.” Here is an excerpt:
As to her own faith in helping … others through her missionary work, that is played out every day, Montello said. “I suppose it’s like asking a fish, ‘What part does water play in your day-to-day life?’” she said. …
When Montello talks about her work at parishes, she reminds people that everyone is on mission. “Every time you get out of bed to rock to sleep a crying baby or hold your child having a bad dream, you are ‘missioning,’” she said. “Every time you reach out to a coworker who seems to be having a bad day … personal struggles, etc., you are being a missioner.
“Your life is no different than mine. I would venture to guess your life is much more difficult than mine — more complex, more frantic, more stressful. Join me in mission.”