“Before the Lord, the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.”

~ Wisdom 11:22



The universe is almost unfathomable—more than we can imagine. It’s even more than scientists can grasp because with each discovery comes a puzzle, another awesome mystery to unpack.

The human mind is naturally curious—we just want to know the intricacies of our universe. At the same time, it’s important to accept that our capabilities are finite. Understanding the overwhelming greatness of creation—and the Creator—is beyond us. That’s why we have faith.

Faith allows us to see the majesty and wonder of God, and to celebrate our greatest joys. Faith also allows us to accept the complexity of our lives in the face of disappointment and loss.

And there’s one more thing… Faith gives us the ability to connect the past with the future. On Friday, All Saints Day, we remembered the saints in heaven as the trailblazers who will lead us home. Yesterday, we honored our beloved deceased who modeled lives of compassion and nourished us in the Gospel. I think of these moments as markers on the timeline of our souls, preparing us for all eternity.

A drop of morning dew can be as awe-inspiring as the universe itself. It’s overwhelming to us, but not to God. So rest well in your faith. Listen to the psalmist who has better wisdom than I: “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:11)


Prayer for 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

O Lord, my God, Creator, and Savior

You rule the far distant galaxies

no less than the cells and atoms

of my world and my body.

The stars fill me with wonder

and the sunset fills me with awe.

Who am I that You should care for me

or my family that You are concerned?

Yet You created me and all people

in Your divine image and likeness

and became one of us through

Jesus Christ that I might know

You are ever with me by my side.

For though I am but the smallest part

of Your vast creation, You have

breathed in me Your spirit,

called me by name and

empowered me to gaze at all that is

and offer You my thanks and praise.


Maryknoll Father Joseph R. Veneroso


This is Father Ray Finch saying thank you for listening.  God bless your journey of faith until we meet again next Sunday.


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)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.


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

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





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