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The Day I Met Johnny Cash!

Columban Fr. Bobby Gilmore recalls the day he met Johnny and June Cash. One day when I was working in Montego Bay, I got a call from the bishop requesting that I go out and bless the foundation of a …

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The In-Between Time

To be human means to live from day to day, Searching the way forward, Inching towards a clearer sense of identity and purpose. I wonder what it was like for Jesus? I imagine a growing sense of belonging in God, …

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Respect for Life and Human Dignity

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, and had never been to school for more than a few months, could not read or write and he was a one-meal man. He ate …

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The Continuing Columban Story

For the last few years, I have been assigned to Bristol, Rhode Island. What used to be the Spiritual year house has gradually morphed into a house for retired Columbans. A few months ago, in addition to my assignment as …

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Hello from Myanmar!

After spending a year in Yangon to learn the Burmese language, Columban lay missionaries Catharina, Columba and Lenette moved to Banmaw (Myanmar) to start their ministry. They provided the following reflection: Upon our arrival we were warmly welcome by the …

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A Trip Down Memory Lane to a Barrio

It was a rainy Sunday morning in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines. I was to celebrate the San Isidro fiesta Mass in barrio Pili. Pili was a Village far from town. The problem was getting there. The road was always treacherous …

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Dividing Humanity into Various Catagories

Gospel (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax …

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Missionary Zeal and Down-to-Earth Reality

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shares an excerpt from his diary: January 18 2009 I am back in Naleba – the rural settlement on the second Island of Fiji where I began, in 1975, my missionary journey. After seven years away …

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The Philippine War on Drugs

The war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1, 2016, has made headlines around the world. The 5th commandment, “Thou shall not kill” while widely promoted, is ignored. Most of the extra judicial killings take place among …

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Indo-Fijian Fire-walking at Nadera Temple

Columban Fr. Frank Hoare shares an excerpt from his diary: June 18, 1983 Today I went to take photos of the fire-walking at the Hindu temple at Nadera, a few miles from Suva. In the early 20th century, the British …

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