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“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, One does not live by bread alone.’” Luke 4:1-4

Do we really trust God to fulfill our needs and hopes?

Oftentimes, it is fear that our needs are not forthcoming or disappointment over dashed hopes that cause us to turn away from God.

The Lenten Season helps us to remember the blessings that we have received and return to God in trust; we can then share these blessings with others.  During this radically baptismal time, we enter into a deeper meaning of our faith as we open our hearts, putting aside our plans in favor of the dreams that the Lord has for us, His hope for our lives and His invitation to new life.

As we experience self-examination, fasting and penance – realizing that the work of our redemption will not be complete until we are resurrected like Jesus – we strive for holiness in our present form.  In significance of the 40 days the Israelites spent in the wilderness and our Lord’s 40 days resisting Satan’s temptations we, like Israel and our Lord, are tested.

From a beginning theme of the death and resurrection of Baptism on Ash Wednesday, to the conclusion at the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), we rise to new life in Christ.  Venturing on a quest for spiritual food and nourishment for the sake of getting to know God better is an activity that He will abundantly reward.

Friend, as co-missioners, our fast should be the same authentic one of which the prophet Isaiah spoke in his 58th chapter: “setting free the oppressed…sharing your bread with the hungry…bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house…clothing the naked when you see them.” By our baptism, we are responsible for showing Christ’s love to the world, and in doing so become fully devoted disciples with new hopes that surpass any we could conjure up.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Lance Nadeau, M.M.

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent

You feed us with the Bread of Heaven

as we make our pilgrimage through life,

O Lord of my longing and liberation.

May it always strengthen us for the journey

and bring us safely to the Promised Land

where all your children gather in peace

and praise of your mighty works.

You are the Prodigal Father who lavishes his love

no less and the younger, impudent Son

than on the older offspring who obediently

stays and slaves for you In hopes of winning

your favor and meriting a greater reward.

Your mercy continues to scandalize us,

Lord, who can neither appreciate,

much less understand

your unconditional love is precisely that: unconditional.

May that love inspire and confound us

always.

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. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, 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.

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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.