Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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Scripture Reflection Guides

Come pray, study, and act with us. The guides contain reflections, prayers, questions, testimony from Maryknoll missioners, and suggested actions for each week of Lent and Advent. 

Lenten Reflection Guide 2021

"Brothers and Sisters All"

The Lenten Reflection Guide for 2021 focuses on Pope Francis' new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. It offers reflections, prayers, and questions based on the scripture passages for each week of Lent and featuring the experiences of Maryknoll Missioners. 

Advent Reflection Guide 2020

"Building a Culture of Peace"

The Season of Advent offers us a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace. This Advent of 2020, we invite you to reflect on what it would look like to build a culture of peace – a journey that begins with peace in our hearts and leads to peace in our local communities, nation, and world. This guide includes reflection on the weekly Scripture readings during Advent, as well as prayers and examples of Maryknoll missioner experiences and suggested steps for “faith in action.”

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Lenten Reflection Guide 2020

"A Journey Toward Ecological Conversion" 

The Lenten Reflection Guide for 2020 focuses on the concept of "ecological conversion," emphasized by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si'. It offers reflections, prayers, and questions based on the scripture passages for each week of Lent and featuring the experiences of Maryknoll Missioners. 

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Lenten Reflection Guide 2018

"Embracing Jesus' Practice of Nonviolence"

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer reflections, questions, prayers, and actions for the season of Lent based on each week’s Gospel reading and the six principles of nonviolence offered by Dr. King in Stride Toward Freedom, his memoir of the 1957 Montgomery bus boycott. According to Dr. King, the book is ‘‘the chronicle of 50,000 Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of love, and who in the process, acquired a new estimate of their own human worth.” 

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Advent Reflection Guide 2017

"A Season to Welcome the Stranger"

Advent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to Jesus' way of life, rooted in love and welcome. The 2017 Advent Reflection Guide: A Season to Welcome the Stranger from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the experience of Maryknoll missioners who have lived and worked with communities affected by forced migration in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Lenten Reflection Guide 2017

"A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence"

The 2017 Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the written reflections and recorded discussions by the 83 Catholic peacemakers who attended the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016. 

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Advent Reflection Guide 2016

"A Season to Embrace Gospel Nonviolence"

The Advent Reflection Guide for 2016 from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the discussions by Catholic peacemakers who attended the landmark Nonviolence and Just Peace conference in Rome in April 2016.

Click here to download the 2016 Advent Reflection Guide

Lenten Reflection Guide 2016

"Forty Days with Scripture and Laudato Si'"

The Lenten Reflection Guide from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns contains reflections, questions, prayers, and actions based on each week’s Gospel reading and the teachings of Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Click here to download the 2016 Lenten Reflection Guide