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Your weekly Journey of Faith reflectio

"Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'"​

Matthew 25:34
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.
Bishop Patrick J. Byrne, Maryknoll priest and potential martyr for odium fidei, (hatred of the faith), followed Christ's example as a shepherd. And now, a commission of South Korean bishops has included him, along with a number of Koreans, in a process to make them candidates for beatification.

Young seminarian Byrne was captivated by the idea of going overseas to Asia for mission after hearing Maryknoll founder Fr. Thomas Frederick Price speak in the early days of our Society. He was the first ordained priest to join Maryknoll in 1913, an exciting time of giving the Church into mission overseas.

Always the trailblazer, Fr. Byrne became the first apostolic prefect of the new Church jurisdiction in what is now North Korea, just as Maryknoll began working in that country and in Japan. It wasn't long before he was named acting bishop and established some of the first churches in Pyongyong, the capital of North Korea.

After stepping aside to allow Korean priests to be in charge of the vicars, Fr. Byrne became founding vicar of Kyoto, Japan. The tenacious missioner was put under house arrest for the duration of World War II, and subsequently invited to be apostolic representative of South Korea. Only shortly before, he had been ordained bishop.

When the war broke out between North and South Korea, the good bishop ordered the other priests to leave, yet remained with his people to fulfill his responsibilities, despite the difficulties and dangers. Captured by invaders from the North, imprisoned for some nine months and then then forced to march in freezing temperatures through rough terrain, Bishop Byrne died a hero.

Feast of Christ the King​

"With the smell of the sheep",
O Shepherd of shepherds
Lord Jesus Christ,
You not only came to us
as a human being
but lived among us,
like one of us
feeling our hunger and our thirst,
our loneliness and our pain.

Bless the shepherds of Your people
with that same humility and courage
which You yourself showed
by not only living among us
but dying as one of us
and in our place.

O Shepherd of God's flock,
send special graces to all the leaders
of Your people, but especially
those groups and communities
suffering hardship or persecution
for love of You and Your Gospel.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, can we too remain at the posts to which we've been assigned by our Lord? Our Good Shepherd directs us and we know His voice. In honor of the anniversary of the death of Bishop Patrick Byrne, M.M. and the Feast of Christ the King, let us resolve to always live liturgically by demonstrating God's love to others.

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

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