Magazine Story Archive

  • If Only Love Were Simple June 14, 2013 One of my favorite sayings about Jesus is that “He spoke with authority.” When people heard Him speak they recognized that what He said was profoundly true, that He knew. He understood what their lives were about. He did not speak in platitudes. For Jesus, love was demanding. It was not a word used lightly ... Read More
  • My Days Are Over June 3, 2013 My days are over, but not quite finished. Before they are, I would like to thank all Columban benefactors. I have known an interesting life, and it is thanks to you generous people. As Columbans we are well aware that your support hasn´t been out of investment profits etc., but mostly out of salaries and ... Read More
  • The Grain of Sand that We Offer May 31, 2013 had recently completed a degree in sociology at Gwangju University. I was looking not just for a job but for my way in life. I had participated in the student protests in 1980, as had many of my companions in the faculty of sociology. I had witnessed the slaughter of hundreds of fellow students by ... Read More
  • Bringing People Together May 31, 2013 I’ve always been drawn to tables. One of my favorites is a simple enamel top kitchen table circa 1930s that was in my grandmother’s kitchen. I would sit on a red vinyl high stool while she would prepare pies, roasts and afternoon snacks on its cool white top with black trim. I would imagine my ... Read More
  • Keeping Children Safe May 21, 2013 Juana, a single working mother, leaves home very early in the morning for work. Sometimes she has time to prepare breakfast, the children’s snacks for school, and brush her daughter’s hair. Other days, the children themselves have to do these tasks, occasionally arriving late for school. Benjamin, Juana’s nine-year old son, leaves school and runs ... Read More
  • Moments to Celebrate May 10, 2013 Every couple of months or so Sr. Marie and I, along with Fr. James Kajo or Master Lawrence our catechist, visit the Vimo family in a small village in our parish (Kunri). They are Parkari Kholi people and very poor, but each time we visit they insist on killing a chicken and preparing a pot ... Read More
  • Mission Alive May 10, 2013 Fontana California started out as a collection of orange groves and chicken and goat farms. With famous Route 66 running through it, it really started to grow during World War II when the first steel mill west of the Mississippi River was built here. It is now developing fast, with 200,000 people, 70% Hispanic, 7% ... Read More
  • A Richer Banquet May 9, 2013 “Go out to the highways and invite all you meet to the wedding.” (Mt 22:9) Christianity has always seen itself as an inclusive religion – inviting ALL peoples to the Wedding Banquet of God. Jesus reached out to all. He sent His Church to ALL peoples, even to the ends of the Earth. All are ... Read More
  • In Honor of the God of Life April 24, 2013 Fr. Kevin, you have now been in this parish for 11 years. What is the story behind your coming to this part of the world? I had been in Britain for 18 months doing mission appeals and was on my way back to Chile where I had been working for the previous 17 years. Columban Frs. ... Read More
  • Lessons from Anapra April 15, 2013 Learning can happen at strange times, and our teachers can truly come in unexpected forms. A peculiar thing happened to me on my trip to our mission in Rancho Anapra, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, this past holiday season; I suppose one might describe it as an epiphany or awakening. I had no expectations for my trip ... Read More
  • La Monja April 15, 2013 Two months ago Los Federales (the Federal Police) broke into our house and arrested my youngest brother. First, they accused him of stealing an auto, then later of exporting arms and finally of importing arms. Instead of protecting us, the federal police do us harm. This was the third time Los Federales had broken into ... Read More