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“More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith”.  (Philippians 3: 8-9)

“There’s a fire in my belly” are words I often hear from seminarians as they move through the process of formation.

That burning desire to share what has been given to us in knowing Jesus should be common to all believers. 

As we celebrate the patron saint of Ireland this week, let us take his example of putting “the supreme good of knowing Christ” first in his life.  Captured in Scotland by pirates and taken to Ireland as a slave to tend sheep, Saint Patrick prayed continuously during his captivity.  It was during those six years that he experienced a conversion which protected him from the hardships of slavery.  After being told in a dream from God to leave Ireland, St. Patrick escaped, returned home, and had another vision which prompted him to study for the priesthood.  Entire kingdoms were brought to Christ through hearing him speak, often by using shamrocks to explain the Trinity.

But just exactly how do we make knowing Christ our ultimate goal?  By meditating on how Jesus lived and responded to others when reading the Gospels; by studying references to Christ in Scripture; by allowing the Holy Spirit to remind us of our Lord’s words when we worship and pray; and by coming to mission with Him in forwarding the Gospel.

Friend, we are called to share our faith as St. Patrick did – even with his captors – however it will often mean making major changes in our thinking and lifestyle.  Knowing Jesus naturally transforms our lives daily, inspiring us to invite others to know Him through us and through our actions.  No amount of religious effort can make us right with God; we receive the gift of Christ’s righteousness only by trusting in the Lord.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

 

First Sunday of Lent

Walk with me, Jesus, across the wilderness

Of selfishness, envy and fear

That I might be cleansed of all Sin and deceit.

Let me pick up my cross and follow you

That my ego might be crucified

And my soul be reborn to better reflect

Your holy image in me.

Not by bread alone may I live, Lord,

But by every word that

Comes forth from your mouth.

Help me tear down the idols I erected

In my heart that I might worship

You alone.

And give me the courage and strength

To overcome every temptation

The Tempter might send my way.

For you, O Lord, are my only way

You are my truth and my life.

Fill my emptiness with your presence

And my soul with your grace

For with you ever by my side

I shall never face neither the darkness

Nor death alone.

Amen

Prayer by Father Joe Veneroso, M.M.

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. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

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

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.

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