Spirit of Mission
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Spirit of Mission: A Woman's Place

Priest reflects on Jesus visiting the home of his good friends, Mary and Martha, in Bethany || Picture it: Cairo, Egypt, during Ramadan 1986. I was on assignment...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jul 1, 2019

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Led by the Spirit?

Priest reflects on how to see the Holy Spirit at work || Faced with life-changing decisions, as people of faith we’re supposed to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance....

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / May 1, 2019


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We belong to God—and one another

Even when we feel far from God, God never leaves us || When inviting people to come to church, I sometimes hear: “I can’t go to church; I’m too big a sinner.”...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Mar 1, 2019

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Faith in time of turmoil

God is with us in our dangers, dilemmas and crises || Unrelenting wave upon wave of sex scandals, incompetence and cover-ups are crashing over the boat that...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jan 1, 2019


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Spirit of Mission: The Greatest Story Ever Lived

Christmas calls us to celebrate God at work in everyday events of human life || A young woman, Mary, engaged to marry, becomes pregnant. Surprised, confused...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Nov 1, 2018

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Spirit of Mission: With Jesus and Mary in this valley of tears

Sorrowing Catholics have two models to inspire them: Jesus suffering on the cross and Mary standing at the foot of the cross || As a priest, let alone Christian,...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Sep 1, 2018


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Spirit of Mission: Holy doubt

Holy people like Mother Teresa continued serving despite their doubts || A distraught mother cornered me after Mass. “Tell my son to come to church!” she said...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jul 1, 2018

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Spirit of Mission: Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul let discipleship outshine differences for the good of the Church || What do we do when disagreements and factions threaten to tear our faith...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / May 1, 2018


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The Spirit of Mission

In the shadow of the cross || During my novitiate year in Hingham, Mass., a mother from the neighborhood asked a favor of us seminarians: could we take turns...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Mar 1, 2018

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The Spirit of Mission

The Conversion of Paul || On January 25 the Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches celebrate the conversion of St. Paul, arguably the most important event...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jan 1, 2018


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The Spirit of Mission

Misconceptions about the Immaculate Conception || One of the more recent, sublime and, paradoxically, misunderstood doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Nov 1, 2017

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The Spirit of Mission

A Rumor of Angels || One of my early childhood memories is waking up at night and looking from my bed into our kitchen. There I clearly saw golden beings of light,...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Sep 1, 2017


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The Spirit of mission

Transforming Faith || While Maryknoll missioners’ experiences overseas vary as much as the countries and cultures to which we go, these experiences all share...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jul 1, 2017

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PENTECOST: Continuing Miracle

  || Pentecost, arguably the most significant event in the Christian calendar, seems, paradoxically, almost overlooked. No cards. No trees. No colored...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / May 1, 2017


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The Spirit of Mission

Dust to Dust || When it comes to Ash Wednesday, I am definitely “old school.” I have nothing against telling people—or hearing—“Repent and believe...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Mar 1, 2017

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The Spirit of Mission

Following The Star || The first in this year’s spirituality series in which Maryknoll Father Joseph Veneroso will reflect on various Catholic feasts. Here...

By Joseph Veneroso, M.M. / Jan 1, 2017