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“Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”  1 John 3:2

If you think of yourself as one of “God’s children” as John tells it, then you can give yourself an important title, too, worthy of your devotion to the Gospel.  That title is saint.

Today on the feast of All Saints, we celebrate the union of lives well lived in the presence of Our Lord.  We honor the giants from history who inspire us—I think of Elizabeth Ann Seton and Archbishop Oscar Romero as just two great saints of recent times.  But I also remember the unsung saints who live among us in our families, our parishes, and beyond.  Their lives are examples, too, of holiness and dedication to witnessing God’s saving grace.  If you need a role model, there are many.

What’s important to remember is that sainthood on earth is how we prepare ourselves for sainthood for all time.  As with most things, the transformation we long for is in God’s hands.  We can’t know exactly how we will be welcomed home by the saints of heaven.  But we know that for God the last word is always life, not death.  To quote a saint of some renown:

What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,

and what has not entered the human heart,

what God has prepared for those who love him,

this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:9

  As you celebrate sainthood today—including yours—remember that life is renewed in the here and now.  Each act of charity, every gesture of healing and compassion brings us closer to one another and the eternal life we so desire.

Friend, I will pray for you today in thanksgiving for your sainthood.  And I will remember your beloved deceased tomorrow on the feast of All Souls.  I don’t have every detail, but I know that one day you will be reunited with them for all time and your faith will be richly rewarded.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Prayer for 1st Sunday

All Saints Day

All saints and angels, martyrs and prophets

sing Your praises, Lord God of all creation,

and inspire us who still struggle here below.

Strengthen us with their prayers

and guide us with their example

that we too might join in their hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts.

You come to us where we are

but You do not leave us there.

You call us to be better and be more

by Your grace and providence.

Help us to submit to Your will,

Lord, and overcome sin and selfishness.

May we be filled with true holiness

not so much having all people

see God in us, but rather

having us see God in all people

till we all join the company of saints

in heaven forever.

Hosanna in the highest.

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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