One of the remarkable things about the  Catholic faith is that it was not founded by powerful rulers or people of high education and status. Jesus was a carpenter’s son. His followers were fishermen, laborers, and tent makers. Christianity was founded and spread by every-day tradesmen.

Our Blessed Lord spent more time in his earthly life as a Carpenter than in his active ministry. Having learned the trade from Saint Joseph, when He did ultimately start his ministry, people scoffed and said, “Is he not the carpenter?” (Mark 6:3) Many of Jesus’ parables deal with building, farming, and other practical everyday skills, showing his intimate knowledge of such things.

Similarly, His apostles were not called from the upper society and establishment. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were all simple fisherman. (Matthew 4:18-22). This was a hard, unglamorous job that provided the apostles with an honest living before following Christ. Even the Apostle Paul, after his conversion, continued to work his trade as a Tentmaker to continue supporting himself (Acts 18:1-3)

It makes perfect sense that in His earthly life Our Lord would be a worker, and would choose apostles who themselves were workers, because God is in His essence a creator and worker.

In Octogesima Adveniens, Blessed Paul VI wrote “All people have the right to work, to a chance to develop their qualities and their personalities in the exercise of their professions, to equitable remuneration which will enable them and their families “to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”.

All people have the right to work, but sadly many people do not have the opportunity to work. Whether it is from a lack of jobs or because of a lack of training, millions of people in this world cannot find honest work that supports them and their families. The ability to learn a trade is something that provides dignity to a person and opportunities for desperately poor people to earn a livable wage and contribute to their society.

To help the poor and underprivileged learn trades and skills to support themselves in dignity, The Pontifical Mission Societies have created MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly assist the Catholic charities and projects all over the world.

MISSIO allows you to search through life-giving and life-saving projects – ones providing for basic needs, others extending the Good News of the Gospel to remote areas, and still more bringing the light of the Lord’s loving-kindness to those in the darkest circumstances. With MISSIO, you can choose one of these missions of Pope Francis and donate directly to them, knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly there. You can also share them on social media and reignite the discussion and remind people of these forgotten situations, so others can support the projects also.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and forgotten through direct, daily service.

There are opportunities to help train women to become tailors and seamstresses in Cameroon, support vocational training in Tanzania, help a priest build a vocational training center in Nigeria, or help the Sisters of St. John the Baptist build a computer science classroom in Madagascar.

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

Check out MISSIO today and start giving!

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