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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”

~ Isaiah 7:14

Dear friend,

Trust in God; do not be afraid. The Christmas story is filled with these comforting words.

I think about the shepherds in the fields terrified at first by the appearance of an angel. But then they were immediately comforted with these words: “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10

I think about St. Joseph who was unsure of his role but prepared to accept the child born of a woman to whom he was betrothed because he believed that God’s will was best.

The unexpected in life can frighten us at times, and like the shepherds we need reassurance. That is why we have the “comfort and joy” of Christmas. Our Savior has come with the promise of salvation. We are safe in his love.

Thank you for taking this Journey of Faith with me during the four weeks of Advent. I have enjoyed the sharing, and hearing back from many of you. For now, may you be surrounded by love this Christmas. And as the faithful missioner I know you are, may you give love and comfort to all you know—now and always. I wish you and those dearest to you a very Merry Christmas.

Prayer for 4th Sunday of Advent

Prince of Peace, come again into our world

to calm every fear and comfort our hearts.

You who stilled the storm

and quieted the wind and waves,

extend Your hands of mercy

toward us, lost and confused,

in this land of our exile.

May we extend Your peace on earth

and share Your goodwill with all

who seek to do Your Will.

May angels surround our family

with their protection and glory

and may the Morning Star arise

in our hearts to lead us all to You.

Amen

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

 

I hope today’s reflection has special meaning for you. This is Father Ray Finch, wishing you a blessed and merry Christmas and an invitation to listen in again next Sunday.   

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

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.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

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

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.

OUR FOUNDERS

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

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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