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His Abundant Blessings

During the course of this past year I have received numerous thank-you cards from Columban friends and supporters. Since they are so colorful and contain handwritten, heartwarming messages, I place them on my desk or bookcase for a week or …

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The Day-to-Day Details Are Meaningful

During my first year in the seminary, there was an emphasis on learning to relate deeply with oneself, with others, and with God. While there was some academic study, there was no written assignment. Instead, there were opportunities to reflect …

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Finding a Family

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 …

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The Joy of Forgiveness

This year as we commemorate the 1400th anniversary of the death of the Irish monk and missionary, St. Columban, we might well ask the question, “What can we learn from looking back at his life?” I would like to share …

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From the Director – February 2015

I begin most days with the celebration of Mass in our community chapel. There I join Fr. Richard Steinhilber and several local people in dedicating each day to the Lord and asking His blessing upon Columban mission and all those …

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The Holy Innocents in the World Today

How I wish that the Biblical Christmas story would come to the same happy conclusion as school Nativity plays, leaving me with a warm, fuzzy feeling! In contrast, however, the Biblical Christmas story continues with some scenes that leave me …

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More Talking Made a Less Effective Missionary

As a newly ordained priest in Japan I lived in a parish with a Columban colleague who was the pastor. On weekdays I attended language school, while at weekends I helped out in small ways with various parish activities. Major …

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Friends in Unexpected Places

During my spring break from language school I traveled alone around Japan for ten days. I was a Columban seminarian back then and had only a rudimentary knowledge of that country’s language, customs and places of interest. However, since I …

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God’s Great Garden

One aspect of Jesus that has always attracted me to Him has literally been His “down to earth” manner. He frequently spoke about sowing seeds, caring for crops, watching plants grow mysteriously, and gathering the harvest into barns. He understood …

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Learning to Express the Beauty and Joy of our Christian Faith

While it’s generally true that Irish people love song and dance, once we go inside a church our tongues seem to be stiffen and our legs become rigid. Traditionally, we find ourselves solemnly self-conscious when we gather to worship: to …

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