“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to [escape the tribulations that are imminent and to] stand before the Son of Man.”   Luke 21:36

  Time to take stock.  In just a couple of weeks, we begin a new liturgical year.  But before then, we have a little work to do.

Rather than think about a literal “end of the world”—the images in today’s readings—let’s think instead about the fulfillment of God’s reign on earth, something each of us can contribute to because we are all missioners.  The world we hope to end is one of darkness and disillusion.  The world we want to create is built on God’s eternal love and the promise of salvation that we are gifted in the Christ Child.

From this perspective, preparing for the arrival of the Son of Man becomes a more hopeful kind of challenge.  So I suggest taking the time between now and the beginning of Advent to see where God in your life right now.  How do you reflect the joy of our faith at home? At work? In your neighborhood? In your parish?  How much time are you making for prayer and self-reflection?  Where God is absent, how are you being called to make the Lord’s presence known?

Friend, as Advent approaches, now is a good time for an examination of conscience—a checklist for the soul that results in eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that overflows with the love of Christ himself.  That’s all we really

need to prepare for as one season ends—and a new one begins.  May your journey be rich and rewarding. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday

God of all times and seasons

we long for the coming of Your reign

where love, peace and justice prevail

over the powers of darkness and sin.

Help me to do my part by defending

the weak, protecting the powerless

and lifting up the downtrodden to their

rightful place as sons and daughters

of You, our most merciful God.

May I reflect Your joy to everyone I meet in public,

at work, at home or in church that they too might

experience Your forgiveness, healing and

fullness of life.


Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

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L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

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