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“For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” Ephesians 2:10

As far as Paul is concerned, we all have an important role to play.  And our calling comes into sharper relief as we continue through the days and weeks of Lent.

Of course, we all have choices to make about how we witness our faith.  That’s why Lent is so helpful—and hopeful.  It’s the gift we give ourselves.  We pray for guidance to be better family members and neighbors, better co-workers and more engaged members of our parishes and communities.  And we pray that by giving ourselves selflessly—in time, words, prayers and deeds—we will encourage others to become the children of God that they were called to be.

If the days of Lent have started to feel long, don’t be discouraged.  God is still at work, infusing us with new life.  Each act of charity, and every moment you dedicate to prayer takes you closer to your personal transformation. 

I understand:  Sometimes we are called to do things that aren’t always easy, and that includes me.  The past year and its lingering impact have asked us all to be selfless and heroic in ways we couldn’t have imagined.  But our examples of collective good will and determination continue to inspire the faithful—and society itself.  Working through suffering is the story of Easter—the birth of new life that follows and the promise of redemption in Christ.

Friend, you are God’s fullest expression of life destined for greatness by doing good.  Your gifts are unique to you.  Share them and you are doing the work of salvation, drawing closer to eternal life—the promise of Easter.  Life is always new, always becoming.  And you are the reason why.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Prayer for Fourth Sunday of Lent

As I continue to cross the wilderness of Lent,

without the comforts and habits of everyday life

I depend on for fleeting happiness and fulfillment,

strip me of all vanities and imaginings

that neither come from You nor lead to You,

my Lord and my God.

Remove all envy, jealousy, and greed

from my heart so wounded by life.

Drive from me all anger and resentment

that keep me from others and thus from You.

Above all, Lord Jesus, give me the power

to overcome false pride and ego

that Your divine image might once more

shine forth in and through my life.

By the grace of these 40 holy days

teach me to walk in Your ways and

live by the truth of Your gospel

to overcome not only sin but also

selfishness through the power of

Your Cross and Resurrection.

In Your most holy Name we pray.

Amen.

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

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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