Magazine Story Archive

  • The Joy of a Different Vantage Point March 1, 2017 Fr. Timothy MulroyFrom the Director “What do you know about Ireland?” I asked the third grade class that was excited to have just learnt that I was from there. “St. Patrick was from there” responded a girl in the front row. “So did that mean that he was Irish?” I inquired, my tone betraying an element of doubt. ... Read More
  • No Family to Grieve at Her Going March 1, 2017 no-family-2Finding a Final Home in Her Last Days Shwe Mya was a dignified 40-year-old mother of two children. Her oldest son had been sent to a Buddhist monastery when he was six years old because Shwe Mya was too poor to feed him. The younger daughter lived with her grandmother whose village was very far away ... Read More
  • Accompanying Typhoon Victims March 1, 2017 Columban Lay Missionary Ana Flores HuanamOpportunity for a New Life Ana Flores Huaman is a Columban lay missionary with nearly eight years of experience, and this is her story. I first knew Ana when she was accepted into the Columban lay mission sending program in Lima, Peru, in 2007. She and her family live in the Columban parish of Our Lady ... Read More
  • I Have Chosen Love March 1, 2017 Luda (far right) with Columban Fr. Patrick Cunningham (center) and a friend.Trusting the Missionary Journey I remember how I silently uttered a prayer to bless me in my desire to become a missionary when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines in 1985. Years later when I watched a movie about Mother Theresa’s life I started to feel remiss about something. I had always thought that by ... Read More
  • Adult Baptism by Immersion March 1, 2017 adult-baptismCultural Constraints Ethnic Indian people are traditionally obsessed with matters of pollution and purity. Purity is a central value in the culture. The caste system in India is based on this. While ethnic Indians in Fiji don’t observe the caste system, purity and cleanliness are major values of their culture and have traction in many areas ... Read More
  • Be My Feet and Be My Hands March 1, 2017 feet-hands-1My Two Poems I started to write these two poems last year during a workshop training on poetry writing in my ministry with asylum seekers. I thought of polishing it and sharing it here because writing these poems was memorable for me in that it led me to deeper reflection and to recall important events in ... Read More
  • Glimmers of LIght March 1, 2017 glimmers-1An Ode to Joy When I was sixteen years old, my father was diagnosed with cancer and died ten weeks later. Soon afterwards, I dropped out of high school to manage the family farm in order to support my mother and four younger siblings. For the next several years I worked on the land, deepening my ... Read More
  • Why Is That Day Called “Good” Friday? March 1, 2017 good-fridayThe Goodness of God’s Love In my early days as a missionary in Fiji, I worked mainly among the Hindu Indo-Fijians around the town of Labasa. I was often invited by head teachers of primary schools to explain to their students the meaning of Good Friday and Easter Monday, since both were public holidays. I gladly ... Read More
  • Resilience Amidst Suffering March 1, 2017 resilience-1Faith Is My Stronghold In the history of human life suffering is what every person will encounter in their lifetime. Not even Jesus, the Son of God, was spared from pain as He too had to suffer to fulfill the plan of the Father for His people. A mother could never give birth to a new ... Read More
  • Ditching the Desk March 1, 2017 ditching-desk-2Living Lie as a Missionary How that I’m home, I realized I do not have a room to call my own. My room is the bag I carry on my back every time I move from one mission to another. Right after high school I left home to pursue a childhood dream– to become a priest. I ... Read More
  • Thief March 1, 2017 Break inThere’s a Thief in the Church! It was about three in the afternoon on a Tuesday. I was seated at my desk in the parish office chatting with a young couple who had come to ask for baptism for their newborn baby. As parish priest of the 90,000 parishioners of San Matias parish on the southern ... Read More