Columban Fr. Shay Cullen invites you to learn about the lives of Filipinos, the socio-economic situation of the country, the challenges it faces and the courage and resilience of its brave people by reading his new book, Ricky and Julie: A Story of Courage and Survival in the Philippines.
O Angel of God,
make me worthy of your tender love,
your celestial companionship
and your never-failing protection!
O Holy Mother,
Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life,
with the same love with which you conceived in your womb
the life of the Son of God.
Blessed Virgin Mary,
protect our families,
so that they may always be united,
and bless the upbringing of our children.
O ineffable Creator,
You, Who are called the true fountain of light and wisdom,
and the highest beginning,
pour upon the darkness of my understanding,
in which I was born,
the double beam of Your brightness,
removing from me all darkness of sin and ignorance.
You, Who make eloquent the tongue of the dumb,
instruct my tongue,
O Jesus, King most wonderful!
You are Conqueror renowned!
Your Sweetness beyond words!
In who all joys are found!
When You visit our hearts,
Then truth begins to shine;
Then earthly vanities depart;
Then love kindles divine.
I went to China because we used to get The Far East magazine (the magazine of Columban missionaries published in Ireland). I was the eldest of six children: four girls and then two boys. We grew up between Roscommon and Castlerea in Ireland. I read about China in the magazine and decided this is where I would like to end up.
O Jesus, living in Mary,
come and live in us,
in the spirit of Your holiness,
in the abundance of Your gifts,
in the perfection of Your ways,
in the truth of Your virtues,
and in communion with Your Mysteries.
O Jesus, You are the beauty
Of Angel worlds above!
Your Name is music to the heart,
Enchanting it with love!
Celestial sweetness pure and complete!
Who eat Your hunger still,
Who drink of You still feel a void
Which none but You can fill!
As the 21st century began, the Columbans were approaching the 50th anniversary of their presence in the countries of Fiji and Peru.
Virgin of Guadalupe,
Mother of the Americas,
we pray to you for all the Bishops,
that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life,
of love and humble service of God and souls.
Contemplate this immense harvest,
and intercede with the Lord
that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God,