Monthly Archives: April 2014

Weekly Prayer: Give Us the Strength

Give us the strength to take responsibility for what we say and what we say on behalf of our group.  Equip our tongues with eloquence so to reveal the truth of our lives and our communities so that others can …

Categories: Pray, Weekly Prayer-Quench Spiritual Thirst |

Retirement?

The Missionary road it twists and it bends But you never suspect that it comes to an end Like Elias of old who laid down and pleaded Take my life |O Lord if such is needed. The good news will …

Categories: ALL POST, General Information |

Cut Military Spending and Fund Human Needs

In his Easter message to the world, Pope Francis prayed for the protection of the vulnerable, especially migrants, and for an end to all war and every conflict. His message echoed what he proclaimed on the World Day of Peace: …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, ebulletin, Peace & Conflict Resolution |

Columbans Join Catholic Climate Covenant to Care for Creation, Care for the Poor

As faithful Catholics, we have a moral obligation to care for both creation and the poor. The effects of climate change are being felt across the world; from natural disasters, to the destruction of natural resources, the most vulnerable and …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, ebulletin, Environmental Justice |

Economic and Ecological Way of the Cross

For more than nine decades, Columbans have served the poorest of the poor in fifteen different countries, proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel, crossing boundaries of language, culture, and religious tradition, and living in solidarity with the poor. In …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Economic Justice |

U.S. Catholic Bishops Celebrate Communion on the Border, Urge Immigration Reform

On April 1, U.S. Catholic bishops celebrated Mass at U.S. – Mexico border and called on the nation to welcome migrants and work for immigration reform. Migration is a theme dear to Columbans everywhere, from Taiwan – where Columbans work …

Categories: Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, ebulletin, Migration |

Valparaiso in the Flames, Poverty and Inequality

Valparaiso, one of the major shipping ports in Chile was struck by its worst fire in recent centuries on the weekend of 12th April 2104. The Columbans have been working in the port city since 1992. The area affected by the …

Categories: ALL POST, Chile |

Open Our Hearts

Open our hearts and minds to experience new ideas, feelings, situations, and people even though, at times we may feel awkward and uncomfortable. God, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. -Columban Fathers

Categories: ALL POST, Pray, Weekly Prayer-Quench Spiritual Thirst |

Casual Cruelty

Recently I came across a term that I had not heard before, but it named a reality that I was familiar with. I encountered it in Mary McEvoy’s book, Where the Light Gets In. This book tells of her journey …

Categories: ALL POST, General Information |

Weekly Prayer: Give Us the Wisdom

Give us the wisdom to recognize our preconceived assumptions and perceptions about others – some are conscious; some are unconscious. Make us aware of how our assumptions influence the way we listen and interpret others’ words and actions, and how …

Categories: ALL POST, Pray, Weekly Prayer-Quench Spiritual Thirst |