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The Feast of the Holy Family – December 31

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On this, the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, we honor the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  In honoring them, we also honor all families, big or small.  And in honoring all families, we honor the family of God, the Church.  But most especially, we focus in on the hidden, day-to-day life of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

What was it like to live day in and day out in the household of St. Joseph?  What was it like to have Jesus for a son, Mary as a wife and mother, and Joseph as a father and husband?  Their home would have certainly been a sacred place and a dwelling of true peace and unity.  But it would have also been so much more.

The family home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph would have been, in numerous ways, just like any other home.  They would have related together, talked, had fun, disagreed, worked, eaten, dealt with problems, and encountered everything else that makes up daily family life.

Of course, the virtues of Jesus and Mary were perfect, and St. Joseph was a truly “just man.”  Therefore, the overriding characteristic of their home would have been love.

But with that said, their family would not have been exempt from daily toil, hurt and challenges that face most families.  For example, they would have encountered the death of loved ones, St. Joseph most likely passed away prior to Jesus’ public ministry.  They would have encountered misunderstanding and gossip from others.  Our Blessed Mother, for example, was found with child out of wedlock.  This would have been a topic of discussion among many acquaintances for sure.  They would have had to fulfill all daily chores, earn a living, put food on the table, attend gatherings of family and friends and the like.  They would have lived normal family life in every way.

This is significant because it reveals God’s love for family life.  The Father allowed His Divine Son to live this life and, as a result, elevated family life to a place within the Trinity.  The holiness of the Holy Family reveals to us that every family is invited to share in God’s divine life and to encounter ordinary daily life with grace and virtue.

Reflect, today, upon your own family life.  Some families are strong in virtue, some struggle with basic communication.  Some are faithful day in and day out, some are broken and deeply wounded.  No matter the case, know that God wants to enter more deeply into your family life just as it is right now.  He desires to give you strength and virtue to live as the Holy Family.  Surrender yourself and your family, this day, and invite the Triune God to make your family a holy family.

Lord, I do offer myself to You this day and in doing so I offer You my family.  I offer every relationship, be it good or difficult, and I offer every challenge we face.  Please come and sanctify my family, making it holy in imitation of your family in Nazareth.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Credit: Catholic Daily Reflections

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#GivingTuesday – December 26, 2017 – El Salvador

Thank you for all of your prayers and for caring. It means so much to the children and people of La Esperanza. I’d like to share a few pictures and a prayer with you. May God bless you, keep you, shower you with love, and fill you with peace.

Prayer for the Eternal Moment

Sweet Spirit of Jesus, teach us ‘I am’ relationships, relationship in the present moment, relationships that belong to all humanity, in which all things have their being and come into being.

This is your light that shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

The immigrant family becoming flesh and blood the moment we take note of them, believe in them, reach out to them. Of their presence, full of grace and truth, we have all received…

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not damarisovercome it.

Damaris selling bread on the streets. The moment we gift her a smile and a word of hope…

guadalupeThe light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Guadalupe who is a refugee in her own country because of gang wars. The moment we share a book and help find a way…

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Caesar who died in a hail of gunfire. The moment we mourn and weep…Luis

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Luis’ high school graduation, the first in his family. The moment we help with a scholarship…

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Alfonzo and José finding pictures of life. The moment we imagine a different world and care…

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Rick Dixon, El Salvador

Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Merry Christmas from Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Our wishes for a blessed Christmas season!

#DiscernmentWednesday- December 20, 2017

Where is the silence leading you this Advent? Wise words from Dorothy Day, the leader of the Catholic Worker Movement. #DiscernmentWednesday

To learn more about Dorothy Day, CLICK HERE.


MKLM – Peg Vamosy – El Salvador

As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in El Salvador I try to increase environmental awareness in the town of Monte San Juan where I live. One of our obvious problems is TRASH; there is no organized garbage collection or recycling service throughout the town, so litter ends up in the streets, in backyards, in the rivers. With a little seed money we constructed a bin to at least collect recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans and placed it near the snack bar in the Catholic parish. As people learn to use it, even bringing bottles from home to deposit there, we are able to save a little more recyclable material from just littering the countryside.

We would like to be able to put a similar collection container in each of the 12 villages of the town. The first bin cost about $50; people have some of the materials available but still need additional funds to pay for the wire mesh, hinges, etc. In this season of giving, can you help us to care for our common home, the planet Earth?

To donate on line click here or

Or you can send a check to:
Maryknoll Lay Missioners, PO Box 307, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0307.
Please be sure to include Peg Vamosy and MA on the memo line.

Donations are tax deductible and support not only my environmental work, but also make it possible for other Maryknoll Lay Missioners and me to live with the people in Africa, Asia and the Americas so that together we can create a more just and compassionate world.

Thank You! ¡Muchas Gracias! ¡Feliz Navidad de El Salvador!

Peg Vámosy

Meet A Missioner – Gabrielle Cuda – Tanzania – Class of 2017

Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) is proud to welcome Missioner candidate Gabrielle Cuda -Class of 2017 – as she heads to Tanzania.

Marcelo Maiorano -São Paulo #GivingTuesday – December 12, 2017

On this #GivingTuesday during the 2nd week of #Advent, the readings remind us that the past, present and future coming of Jesus into the world is the fulfillment of the saving plan of God.

Our missioners help fulfill the saving plan of God every day through the people that they serve. We continue highlighting these missioners each week on #GivingTuesday. Today we highlight our ministry in Brazil.

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“Currently my focus lies in prison ministry and communication. I am part of a rather small team that visits the state of São Paulo’s Penitentiary System Hospital Center on a weekly basis. The men and women there have been transferred to receive more intensive medical treatment or to undergo surgical procedures.

As part of the Pastoral Carcerária (Prison Pastoral team) we bring religious support and offer our solidarity and prayer together. I also have helped the men reach out to their families who often don’t know about their transfer.

I’ve just completed co-facilitating a Fundamentals of Restorative Justice course in a prison in the extreme south of the city. The course focuses on helping participants grow more conscious of their emotions, and move away from a cycle of aggression and towards forgiveness and reconciliation in their lives.

I produce a radio program called Vozes da Migração(Voices of Migration). I interview immigrants and refugees here in Brazil to build bridges between Brazilians and their new neighbors.

And I help at the Arsenal da Esperança, a shelter and social assistance center for 1,200 men experiencing homelessness.”

This Advent season and, today, The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, connect your compassion with God’s mission as you give to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service.

Continued blessings for this Advent season!

MKLM Celebra La Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Today, December 12, we celebrate the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Two of our new Maryknoll Lay Missioners, commissioned this past Saturday, Angelica Ruppe and Margarita Duran share how their relationship with La Virgen de Guadalupe influenced their call to mission.

Hoy, 12 de Diciembre, celebramos la Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Dos de nuestras Misioneras Laicas nuevas de Maryknoll comparten cómo su devoción a “La Morenita” ha influenciado su decisión de ser misioneras.

Maryknoll Lay Missioners Sending Ceremony

We joyously invite you to join Maryknoll Lay Missioners as we send forth our 50th Lay Missioner Class of 2017!

Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Live video feed begins at 2:15 Eastern Time (19:15 UTC):

Queen of Apostles Chapel
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
55 Ryder Road
Ossining NY 10562

Light reception to follow.

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Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Class of 2017

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