It all started about three months ago when catechist Timoci Matakiviwa turned up on our doorstep offering to compose a Centennial Meke for us. The Meke is the traditional Fijian dance. Columban Frs. David Arms and Ioane Gukibau were there that day, and we together determined that this would indeed be a fitting addition to our Centennial celebration so we said yes.
Lord, I believe in You: increase my faith.
I trust in You: strengthen my trust.
I love You: let me love You more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
I worship You as my first beginning,
I long for You as my last end,
I praise You as my constant helper,
and call on You as my loving protector.
Blessed are you,
Mother of my Lord,
For you have believed the Word of God.
In faith and love,
You have pondered the Words and actions of God
In your life and the life of God's people.
With Jesus we call you mother.
Pray for us,
And ask your Son to lead us to the Father.
O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul,
obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith,
firm hope, and burning love;
patience in adversity, humility in prosperity,
purity of heart and resignation to the will of God.
So, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits,
I may be able to overcome the temptations
of the world and the devil,
Lord – I am so often … what’s the word?
… frustrated by the poor results
of my efforts to get to know You.
Like the rich young man, I can say,
“All these things I have done since my childhood.”
- Mass, prayers, attempts at talking to You
and listening to Your – the lot.
O Lord, put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish Your love for me,
keep Your law, and come at last to Your salvation.
"When I left Peru to go to the Philippines, I wondered what I'd find there," observed Marisol Rojas, a former Columban Lay Missionary. Perhaps the last thing she expected to fi nd was a husband. This is a true love story, played out against the background of Columban mission, and one in which I am proud to have played a "bit" part.
Be with us,
Stay to adore and praise,
and give thanks for us while we sleep;
to draw down mercy and grace upon the world;
to give strength to the suffering souls
in purgatory in their long night of waiting.
Holy Immaculate Mary,
help all who are in trouble.
Give courage to the faint-hearted,
console the sad,
heal the infirm,
pray for the people,
intercede for the clergy,
have a special care for nuns;
may all feel,
all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance,
all render you honor,
and will offer you their petitions.
Hear my voice,
for I speak for the multitudes
in every country and in every period of history
who do not want war
and are ready to walk the road of peace.
Hear my voice
and grant insight and strength
so that we may always respond
to hatred with love,
to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with the sharing of self,