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Inagaki Yoshiko San used to sit on the doorstep of her one-bedroom apartment late on summer afternoons and watch the world go by. Since she lived alone and had slowed down considerably due to her advanced years, this daily encounter with the world gave her great pleasure. However, the fact that her apartment was situated at a distance from the street and at the back of the church compound meant that there was very little to observe or engage her attention. Indeed, frequently the highlight of those afternoons was a visit by a mangy, stray cat. Inagaki San used to feel pity for this poor creature, spoke softly to her and gave her scraps of food. “The reason I feel compassion for this lonesome fi gure is that I see myself in her,” Inagaki San explained to me as I stood chatting with her one afternoon. Then, after a long pause, she continued, “After the Second World War, while still a young woman, I entered the convent. I had expected to spend the rest of my life there, but a few years later, without receiving any explanation, I was asked to leave. Since I was too ashamed to return to my family, I had nowhere to go. I was destitute and feared greatly for my future.
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Columban News
May 8, 2015
Evicted in the 21st Century


Images of evictions in Irish history stick in one’s memory like jam on a new shirt. Seeing poor men, women and children, with their few belongings on the side of the road while their cabin is wrecked behind them by a bunch of thugs unfortunately is not a nineteenth century phenomenon...

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May 7, 2015
Weekly Prayer – May 7, 2015



O God, You Know our every thought and desire. Cleanse our hearts through your Holy Spirit of all our hidden faults so that we may love you perfectly and praise you worthily.

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April 17, 2015
Forgiveness


Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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