My only contact with the Columbans before going to the seminary in Suva, Fiji, was when Columban Fr. Frank Hoare visited my home in Tonga to interview me about becoming a Columban missionary priest.
you entrusted your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary,
to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers
as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom,
tenderness and patience;
support them in the work they have to do,
protecting those who look to them,
O my Jesus! I am entirely spent for You,
as You spent Yourself entirely for me!
If I had died while I was in sin,
I could no more have loved You;
now that I can love You,
I will love You as much as I can.
To You I consecrate all the remainder of my life.
I wish only, and I wish in all things,
that which You desire.
My Jesus, You alone are sufficient for me.
My love, do not permit me to separate myself from You.
When shall I be able to say,
"My God, I cannot lose You any more?"
The year 1993 was full of Columban historical milestones. The U.S. Society was celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Columban Fathers were marking 60 years of their mission in Korea.
My holy Angel Guardian,
ask the Lord to bless any journey which I undertake,
that it may profit the health of my soul and body;
that I may reach its end,
and that, returning safe and sound,
I may find my family in good health.
Guard, guide and preserve us.
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Lord, many times I stray from your light
and feel that I am not worthy to be called your child,
but I know Lord,
that you are a forgiving Father
and that you accept me as I am.
I know that you love me
like no other can love me,
that your love for me is so great and unconditional
that it hurts me to hurt you.
Help me my Lord,
You gave each one of us
a mission to fulfil in our lives.
Help us to find it,
to use it and share it with others.
Help us to understand the true meaning of life,
to know you, and to live with you.