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Blessed are the peacemakers,” says the Lord. And I know you are one of them.

Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples.
~ Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made peacemaking a central part of his ministry. Blessed are we who answer his call by making peace a priority—even when achieving it seems illusive or a downright pipedream. The example of a suffering Christ tells us we always have to try.

Yesterday’s observance of the International Day of Peace is a good place to start your personal peace project.

Remember that peace begins within—through prayer and meditation. I realize that takes commitment. But when we are grounded in God’s grace, we are capable of sharing a very great blessing. What comes next? If we want peace to take root, we have to practice reconciliation and forgiveness—over and over again.

The practice of peace can be hard at times. But our task is urgent. There is no alternative that heals, binds, or mends people back together again the way peacemaking does. Don’t worry about failing now and then. Just resolve to be a peacemaker and let God’s grace do the rest. Begin a peace project within your own family. Or with a friend or neighbor. The more we practice peacemaking, the more we will come to realize how important our mission is.

My friend, ultimately peace will come when we take the time to welcome Christ into our lives. I remember Paul’s words to the Colossians 3:15 and feel encouraged: “And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.”

Prayer for 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace
You walked on water and
calmed the storm with Your word
and after Your resurrection
You appeared to Your doubting,
fearful disciples with the greeting:
“Peace be with You!”

Pour forth that same peace
into my heart that I might learn
how to forgive and heal;
into my home so I might live
in harmony with my family
that together we might face
obstacles and challenges
confident You are with me.

May your peace, Lord, which
the world cannot give
overflow from my heart and home
to others that all might know
the glory to which you call us.

Amen.
Prayer written by Maryknoll Father, Joseph R. Veneros

This is Father Ray Finch saying thank you for taking your journey of faith with me today. Until next time, you are always in my prayers.

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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