Maryknoll Vocation Ministries is a service to the Maryknoll Society.
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October 5, 2012

The Art of Discernment

Most people are not very well practiced in the art of “Know Thyself,” as the forecourt of the temple of Apollo at Delphi famously proclaimed. How do we really ever get to know the me that is inside? Those in the Western world who are interested usually seek outside help, from psychologists and psychiatrists to self-help gurus and New Age books. From Eastern spirituality, we have the method of retreating inward, meditation and yoga being a few of the techniques. 

October 2, 2012

The Future of Maryknoll

Sunday, September 29, 2012

Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse
This weekend I have been attending a Symposium put on by the Maryknoll Sisters at Maryknoll, New York regarding the future of mission. The purpose is to look to the third millennium and see how we should do mission differently if need be. Several distinguished guest speakers were present, including Most Reverend Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini, JCD, Bishop of Huehuetenango, Guatemala; Dr. Patricia Benitez-Licuanan, who was chair of the UN Commission on Women and the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines; Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the first African woman appointed Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program; and Dr. Joe Holland, professor at the St. Thomas University School of Law and the Florida Center for Theological Studies, and President of Pax Romana/Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs USA.

Rethinking our World

This past week, something significant came to my attention. I watched on TV as scores of people were camping out in thestreets in sleeping bags and tents, just like the millions of homeless here in the United States. However, unlike the homeless, these people were not harassed or vacated. They were allowed to stay, as they had a home to return to and money in their pockets.

A Reflection on St. Therese of Lisieux

St. Therese of Lisieux
Readings used: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 131:1-3; Matthew 18:1-4

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Therese of Liseux. She was born in 1873 in France and lived for only 24 years. She was known, mostly through her autobiography in The Story of a Soul, for her simplicity and absolute trust in the love of God. Our readings today reflect her simplicity. Isaiah and the Psalms speak of one finding comfort in Jerusalem, the source and center of Jewish faith and life, as a child finds comfort in the chest of a mother.