Men on Fire for the Gospel

ebleMaryknoll Fathers and Brothers are men on fire for mission.  To us, as to St. Paul, "this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph 3:8).  Newness of life in him is the "Good News" for men and women of every age: all are called to it and destined for it.  Indeed, all people are searching for it (Redemptoris Missio 11).

As men dedicated to leave homeland and to embrace new cultures we take seriously the words of Pope John Paul II "The evangelical witness which the world finds most appealing is that of concern for people, and of charity toward the poor, the weak and those who suffer" (42).  Jesus came to bring integral salvation, one that embraces the whole person and all mankind, and opens up the wondrous prospect of divine filiation.  We profess this with apostolic zeal.

Yet as committed missionaries we recognize that the Church and its gospel spread to the earth's ends from an empty tomb.  We eagerly embrace the challenge of mission and venture to speak of the self-emptying Christ.  We strive to embody in our own lives his message since a steadfast servant of God's Kingdom personifies the paschal leader.

Maryknoll bishop Francis X. Ford, M.M. the first bishop of Kaying, China who died in a communist prison in 1952 aptly reminds us:

“the hardest cross to bear in life is the thought that we are wasting our time, that we are useless, that the world is rushing along and we, apparently, have not yet found our feet....God needs uswhere we are.... We are only too prone to look for sensible consolations in our mission work....The remedy for this self-centered condition is contemplation and service of God. Contemplation takes us out of ourselves and focuses our attention on God; service of God instinctively issues from our contemplation."  (God Needs Us, Stone in the King's Highway)