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Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

"For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."​


Dear Deacon Nguyen,

A call to priesthood is a unique vocation and one that often begins at an early age.
And so it was for Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto—today known as Pope St. Pius X—one of the patron saints of Maryknoll. He was a mere boy of 11 when he told his father he wanted to become a priest.

So closely aligned with mission in Maryknoll terms, this "Pope of the Eucharist"—given that name because of his decrees on Holy Comm—had a heart for the entire world. Just as Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers have always lived alongside the poor, the suffering and the powerless, Pope St. Pius X was called to "go beyond" and labor among the poor.

Between global increases in birth rates and life expectancies, the world population has exploded by nearly six billion in the 103 years since Pope St. Pius X died. With about 7.3 billion people—3 billion of whom survive on $2.50 or less a day—inhabiting this planet, there's more work than ever to be done! But it's not always pretty or safe when we defend the defenseless.

Jesus echoed Isaiah's words when he overthrew the money changers' tables in the temple; his righteous anger against the dishonest businessmen spoke volumes. Pope St. Pius X literally "gave the shirt off his back", sharing all his earthly possessions, evidence of the deep charity, simplicity and humility that he embodied.

Prayer for 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time​

God, through Pope St. Pius X
You granted permission for Maryknoll
to call forth Missioners from America
to preach the Gospel to the world.

Through his intercession and that of
Bishop James A. Walsh and Fr. Thomas F. Price,
we pray that Maryknoll remain true
to the mission of Jesus
by bringing hope to all peoples of the world
especially the least, the lonely and the lost.

St. Pius X, keep Maryknoll and mission
ever present in the heart of the Church in America
and inspire young people to answer God's call
to become Missioners of God's kingdom
to the ends of the Earth.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, what is our attitude toward our less fortunate brothers and sisters? While we may not all be called to priesthood, we can respond to the call to mission in many ways, both at home and overseas. Acquiring a "worldwide heart" first begins with awareness but then must move to action.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers go overseas and share God's Love & compassion with the poor and suffering – discover more about Maryknoll and our missions of mercy around the globe. Explore ways to support our mission.

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