For the five weeks leading up to Christmas 2017, two Adelaide, Australia, diocesan seminarians, Anthony Beltrame and Olek Stirrat, participated in a pastoral experience with Columban Fr. Dan Harding in the parish of San Columbano, in Santiago, Chile. Here is their story …
Loving God, rewarder of the humble,
You blessed St. Josephine Bakhita
with charity and patience.
May her prayers help us,
and her example inspire us to carry our cross
and to love You always.
Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love
with which You filled St. Josephine.
O Holy Mother, all the treasures of the mercy of God
are in your hands.
You will never cease to benefit us, I know,
for you are only seeking an opportunity
to save all sinners
and to shower your mercies upon them.
Your glory is increased when,
penitents are forgiven and reach heaven.
Look favorably upon us, Heavenly Mother,
In his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis put his finger on one of the principal obstacles to spreading the Good News of the Gospel.
God of heaven and earth, Creator of all,
Be always by the side of Your Ambassador Pope Francis.
Guide him in his words and actions,
Sustain him as an instrument of Your peace and compassion,
Give him the wisdom and strength to do Your Will,
Protect him from all evil,
Help him to shepherd the flock of the Church, to bring it to salvation,
Columban Fr. Tomas King was among the celebrants at the blessing of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Nagarparkar, Sindh Pakistan in April 2018. Bishop Samson Shukerdin of the Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad presided over the ceremony.
O God, Who among the other marvels of Your power,
has granted the victory of martyrdom;
that we who celebrate the Heavenly birthday
of blessed Agatha, Your Virgin and Martyr,
may, by her example,
draw nearer to You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Your Son who lives and reigns world without end.
I met a very courageous and determined girl sometime in 2005 in Ozamiz City, Philippines. Maryjoy Tabuco is the eldest among the four siblings. She was born on September 8, 1992, in San Jose, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. Her father was killed by Maryjoy's uncle in Tambulig while they were having fun with the family for no reason.
O Heavenly Father, I pray
that You enlighten my mind,
inflame my will,
purify my heart,
and sanctify my soul.
- Pope Clement XI
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,
in this tragic hour of the world's history,
we entrust and consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart,
our only refuge, our hope, our salvation.
Have pity on this world,
torn by the most terrible conflicts,
burning with the fires of hate, victim of its own sins.
May your Heart be moved at the sight of so much ruin,