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Vì lỗi kỹ thuật nên số lượng người truy cập sẽ được đếm lại từ tháng 3 ngày 25 năm 2014 và bắt đầu từ con số 1.581.247 (số người truy cập cũ)

Các Bài Độc Giả Gửi Tới

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another... And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection."​

Colossian 3:12-13, 14
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Confetti and silly glasses...resolutions...Times Square.
Interestingly, the creators of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball designated 288 of its Waterford triangles to introduce the "Gift of Kindness" design; 288 the "Gift of Wonder" design; and 288 the "Gift of Fortitude" design, the latter of which is situated on either side of a pillar representing the attributes necessary to overcome adversity. The remaining 1,824 crystal triangles represent the "Gift of Imagination" design.

The parallel between this man-made spectacle of light and kaleidoscopic patterns and Paul's Epistle to the Colossians seems unlikely, yet here we are. We draw the analogy of over 1,000,000-plus shoulder-to-shoulder celebrants looking upward as tens of thousands of LED lights symbolically descend to Christians worldwide setting our hearts and minds on the light of Christ and throwing off the things that lead us to death. Just as "Father Time" hands over the duties of time to "Baby New Year", we hand over our old selves and are given the opportunity to "put on love" and "the bond of perfection" anew every morning!

Recognizing Christ as supreme in our lives, and knowing and obeying His Word are how we accomplish this. We can resolve to overcome adversity by choosing to focus on Jesus every morning upon rising. Putting off bad habits only works when we put on good ones; "put on" Christ and obey His Word.

Prayer for 5th Sunday​

O God of our beginnings, You choose us to take up the tasks and to enjoy the ordinary events of our lives, all of them all year long, by making a good start on this New Year. We pray that the Christmas lights that we see everywhere may shine through our eyes and our words and our hands as mercy, kindness, humility and patience, wrapped up in self-sacrificing love, in the Spirit of Jesus now and ever.


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

Our mailing address is:
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
PO Box 302
Maryknoll, NY 10545



Xin giới thiệu bài hát tiếng Anh. theo tinh than cau Mat-Thêu 1:21 "Cứu dân mình ra khỏi tội"

> Đức Chúa Cha có yêu cầu; nhu cầu trong việc gửi Ngôi Lời xuống thế: "Cứu dân minh ra Khỏi Tội.
> để Ngài nối lại nhịp cầu với con người!
> Qua bài hát: You Needed Me!
> lời Việt dịch rất cảm động nhưng đứng về cái nhìn của con người dịch "Chúa quá yêu tôi ".
> Tựa "You needed me": nói lên Nhu cầu của Thiên Chúa.
> Tình Yêu Cứu Chuộc (The Saving Love).
> Tình yêu dành cho nhân loại được Nhạc sĩ Randy Goodrum diễn tả qua bài hát "Chúa Quá Yêu Tôi – You Needed Me"
> do Vĩnh Phúc dịch sang lời Việt năm 1982.
> Chúa Quá Yêu Tôi:
> 1. Lệ tràn khóe mắt, được Ngài thấm khô,
> Lòng nhiều sóng-gió, Ngài diệt mối lo...
> Hồn vội bán mất, Ngài tìm cứu-vớt ngay cho,
> Rồi Ngài nắm-giữ, làm sạch dấu-vết ô-dơ...
> Cứu-Chúa đã quá yêu tôi ...
> Ngài truyền sức sống, để được đứng vững luôn-luôn,
> Dù gặp sóng cuốn, dù đời bão-tố đau-thương...
> Ngài đặt lên cao, hồn được Chúa nhấc lên cao,
> Đến nỗi tôi trông thấy cõi mênh-mông tại chốn Thiên-Cung...
> Chúa quá yêu tôi! Chúa quá yêu tôi...

Bài tiếng Anh :
> You Needed Me
> 1. I cried a tear, You wiped it dry
> I was confused, You cleared my mind
> I sold my soul, You bought it back for me
> And held me up and gave me dignity
> Somehow You needed me
> You gave me strength to stand alone again
> To face the world out on my own again
> You put me high upon a pedestal
> So high that I could almost
> see eternity
> You needed me, You needed me

Merry Christmas

Quý Vân



For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3, 16)

Give the Gift of Love!
What a wonderful gift of love God gave to us - His Son. The gift of love is truly the most meaningful and valuable gift one can give - especially as we celebrate the birth of Christ.
Give the Gift of Love!

For over 100 years, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers missioners have been spreading God's love in more than 20 countries by feeding the hungry, providing medical care, supporting basic human rights, building water sources, sharing the Sacraments and so much more.

These acts of kindness and love are made possible because of the prayers and support from friends like you. Thank You.
In the spirit of Christ this Christmas, we ask you to make a special gift of love to help those who need it most - the poor and oppressed.

Your generosity will bring an abundance of love to a starving child in Kenya, job training to a young mom in Nepal, life-saving medicine to an HIV positive adult in Cambodia, or the Sacraments to a parish in Bolivia, and so much more.

From our Maryknoll family to yours, we wish you a very blessed Christmas and joyous New Year.
Give the Gift of Love!
To ensure you receive your 2017 tax savings, gift checks mailed via U.S. Postal Service with postmark and check date on or before Dec. 31, 2017 will count for 2017.
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers go overseas and share God's Love & compassion with the poor and suffering – discover more about Maryknoll and our missions of mercy around the globe. Explore ways to support our mission.

Our mailing address is:
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
PO Box 302
Maryknoll, NY 10545



Your weekly Journey of Faith reflection

"The Almighty has done great things for me"

"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners, To announce a year of favor from the LORD and a day of vindication by our God..."​

Isaiah 61:1-2
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

When we say something is "palpable", it is tangible; we can touch it and perceive it as evident.
Christmas is about God's palpability, His presence with us. He remains palpable in the form of the Holy Spirit, the same spirit spoken of by the ancient prophets.

Jesus spoke Isaiah's prophetic words while teaching in the synagogue at Nazareth. As a revered rabbi, He was invited to read Scripture, and chose that day to read Isaiah's prophesy, following the Old Testament reading with the unabashed declaration, He was pointing to God's presence in their midst!

What was for Isaiah in the far distant future—the first and second comings of the Messiah—for us has passed in the first instance and might just be around the corner in the second when our Savior comes again. In the meantime, we get to celebrate that palpable Incarnation every year and carry His Spirit within us every day.

"The Almighty Has Done Great Things for Me"​

How the people of Israel longed
to see Your face, O Lord!
Yet when You came and walked this earth
so few recognized You and fewer still
were brave enough to follow.

You fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah
by doing the work of the Messiah:
Announcing Good News to the poor,
healing the sick, and setting free
all enslaved by sin.

How people long to see Your face, Lord Jesus!
You who are like us in all things but sin,
help us to do what You did:
Be instruments of God's mercy and love
and channels of God's grace
that in seeing our work
people may also see You.


~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, the Son of God—who even in His perfection attended weekly services—was driven out of the temple, rejected in His own home town because He stated that the Gentiles were included in God's salvation plan. But Jesus brings the Good News to ALL: by healing the afflicted, those distressed with mental or bodily pain; by binding up the brokenhearted, literally "pulling the pieces back together"; and by freeing the prisoners from captivity and giving them a clean slate. The Spirit of the Lord is upon us when we take on Jesus' mission to bring about God's Reign here and now.

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



"A voice proclaims: In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!"​

Isaiah 40:3
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

We listen to so many voices during the course of a day.
The voices of political pundits roar through the networks. Motivational speakers fill stadiums with their formulas for a richer life. And then there is the TV competition, "The Voice", which catapults the latest pop singers to stardom.

But one voice echoes through the ages, one voice is eternal. It is the voice piercing hearts through the dark days of this existence to announce the greatest news humanity has ever heard or will ever hear.

John the Baptist was the voice proclaiming Jesus as Messiah. Preaching in the Desert of Judea, he burst on the scene, requiring his hearers to do a 180 degree turnaround and follow God's way—to stop lying, cheating, gossiping, taking revenge and so on. He declared with absolute certainty that the King for whom we are to prepare a highway had arrived! The seeds of God's reign blossomed forth when God became human, an innocent child, a suffering Servant. He reigns in our hearts today. He will come again as judge and king.

God keeps His promises; even when we suffer the consequences of our errors, God's love shines through. The 40th chapter of the Book of Isaiah begins with "Comfort, give comfort to my people". Let us bring that comfort to others.

Prayer for 2nd Sunday of Advent​

O God, who chose so many people to speak for You down the ages, Your infinite goodness is clearly manifest in Your patience with us. We folks have not shone like the stars above in our response to those prophets and seers, teachers and neighbors whose lives You have inspired through Jesus' life and death and resurrection. We ask You to let us walk again the true path of life and of self-sacrifice and of humble caring for one another as we allow His Spirit to motivate and energize us for a good new year ahead.


~ Father John P. Martin, M.M.
Dinh, we are all called to be John the Baptists, to remove the obstacles in the way of God's love. What better way to partake of this Advent season than to shout the Good News from the rooftops? Amidst the trials and sufferings of this life, we can be the compass pointing to the only valid destination of our trust and faith, the total unconditional love of our incarnate God.

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


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