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The Joy of a Different Vantage Point

From the Director “What do you know about Ireland?” I asked the third grade class that was excited to have just learnt that I was from there. “St. Patrick was from there” responded a girl in the front row. “So …

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No Family to Grieve at Her Going

Finding a Final Home in Her Last Days Shwe Mya was a dignified 40-year-old mother of two children. Her oldest son had been sent to a Buddhist monastery when he was six years old because Shwe Mya was too poor …

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Accompanying Typhoon Victims

Opportunity for a New Life Ana Flores Huaman is a Columban lay missionary with nearly eight years of experience, and this is her story. I first knew Ana when she was accepted into the Columban lay mission sending program in …

Categories: 2017, ALL POST, magazine articles |

I Have Chosen Love

Trusting the Missionary Journey I remember how I silently uttered a prayer to bless me in my desire to become a missionary when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1985. Years later when I watched a movie about …

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Adult Baptism by Immersion

Cultural Constraints Ethnic Indian people are traditionally obsessed with matters of pollution and purity. Purity is a central value in the culture. The caste system in India is based on this. While ethnic Indians in Fiji don’t observe the caste …

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Be My Feet and Be My Hands

My Two Poems I started to write these two poems last year during a workshop training on poetry writing in my ministry with asylum seekers. I thought of polishing it and sharing it here because writing these poems was memorable …

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Glimmers of LIght

An Ode to Joy When I was sixteen years old, my father was diagnosed with cancer and died ten weeks later. Soon afterwards, I dropped out of high school to manage the family farm in order to support my mother …

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Why Is That Day Called “Good” Friday?

The Goodness of God’s Love In my early days as a missionary in Fiji, I worked mainly among the Hindu Indo-Fijians around the town of Labasa. I was often invited by head teachers of primary schools to explain to their …

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Resilience Amidst Suffering

Faith Is My Stronghold In the history of human life suffering is what every person will encounter in their lifetime. Not even Jesus, the Son of God, was spared from pain as He too had to suffer to fulfill the …

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Ditching the Desk

Living Lie as a Missionary How that I’m home, I realized I do not have a room to call my own. My room is the bag I carry on my back every time I move from one mission to another. …

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