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Father Miranda preaches on being the difference

By Jessie Bazan, communication junior
Photo from Mission Week Mass by Dan Johnson

Father Miranda founded and runs a system of 450 one-room schools known as the Reach Education Action Programme located in India.

Rev. Trevor Miranda, S.J., feels the hope alive on Marquette's campus.

The 2005 Opus Prize recipient and founder of the Reach Education Action Programme in India shared his sentiment during the homily of Wednesday’s Mission Week Mass.

Gathered in the Church of the Gesu sanctuary with Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., members of the Jesuit community and fellow Opus Prize recipients, Father Miranda spoke eloquently about what it takes to really Be The Difference. He used the examples of Saint Paul Miki and companions 16th-century Japanese Jesuit martyrs who shared a common love for the Lord and whose feast we celebrated Wednesday. St. Paul and his companions were happy to die for Christ. Centuries later, we can still learn from their selflessness.

“Die to yourself, so others will live,” he encouraged.

Throughout his homily, Father Miranda further implored the congregation to forget ourselves to be there for others. “Prepare to take a step back so others can come forward,” he preached. That’s what the martyrs did 400 years ago. That’s what the Opus recipients do today. Being generous, humble and giving of one’s self never goes out of style.

“The Opus recipients did not think of themselves or their securities. From Africa to Columbia to Ecuador … they strive zealously to bring justice and liberation to the poor. These men and women strive and struggle to make the world a better place,” Father Miranda said.

Make the world a better place isn’t that what we’re all called to do? It’s no doubt a difficult task. Father Miranda admitted that even he struggles to live up to the expectation of the Gospels and our mission at times. But those who passionately try are the ones the world remembers.

As Father Miranda said, “It is better to burn out then to rust out.”

Share your Mission Week moments at #missionweek.

Father Miranda is one of 10 Opus Prize recipients being honored during Mission Week, Marquette’s annual examination of its Catholic and Jesuit identity. The recipients, or representatives of the organizations they built, have traveled to Marquette from all over the world and are speaking in a series of events on campus and in the community.

Other stories from Mission Week:

For Father Frechette, faith pays off in Haiti

With his funding drying up last year, Rev. Richard Frechette, C.P. faced a choice: He could scale back his humanitarian efforts in Haiti and lay off half his staff, or he could start spending the six-week cash reserve he’d built up in case of emergency


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