Magazine Story Archive

  • Mission Today April 10, 2013 We don’t have to travel to faraway lands to learn exotic languages, or adjust to strange foods, unfamiliar music and unusual clothes to be on mission. We can be on mission right here in the United States and other nearby locations. We may think that “mission” is for the experts, the chosen few called to cross ... Read More
  • Truth Shall Spring Out of the Earth March 7, 2013 I recently had dinner with a longtime friend and Columban who has been a beacon in the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Ministry. As we were catching up on the latest news, the challenges and struggles that face our world, the words love and fear bubbled to the surface. I asked him what ... Read More
  • Woman of Courage March 4, 2013 In pain, in tears, The women came, To gather every scattered part Of a broken body, Given for life. And in the sand, Your precious blood Has flown. Leaving a heart So full with love. For food, for health, That water may be ours, You took the path of peace, And gave your all. Another death at thirty-three. A thousand times redeemed, In every lowly woman Who rises again To run the race Of ... Read More
  • The Truth March 1, 2013 During Holy Week, I had the privilege once again of joining the 100 or so Fijian youth who carry a heavy cross 150 kilometers down the potholed, sizzling hot and (this year) flooded roads of Fiji to the Khriist Jyoti Ashram retreat center near Fiji’s international airport in Nadi. All the elements of previous years ... Read More
  • Out of Weakness Hope and Strength February 27, 2013 I started matching pennies with my father when I was four years old. I distinctly remember the thrill of winning four pennies and said to my Dad, “Let’s do it again.” However, he replied, “No, that’s enough for now.” It took me 45 years to get around to saying, “That’s enough.” That was when I ... Read More
  • What Am I Doing Here? February 25, 2013 “What is a 65-year-old foreign missionary doing talking about the missionary priest’s vocation to Fijian 19- and 20-year-olds,” I ask myself. “Is it not time to do something less challenging? Would there not be more results to show from pastoral work or teaching?” “Am I still able for phoning schools, remembering names, and traveling long journeys ... Read More
  • On the Road February 23, 2013 Little did I imagine that I would ever be one of those drivers being selected at a random road inspection when I was on my way to Dearborn, Michigan, for the weekend church appeal. I was not under any time pressure, and I was driving under the speed limit. I expected to arrive around lunch time ... Read More
  • Trolley Ministry February 21, 2013 Columban priest John Boles enjoys a feast with a difference, in his Chilean parish. “Fancy a ride in a supermarket trolley, Father?” It isn’t the sort of invitation a parish priest might expect to get at the best of times, let alone on the eve of a major feast day. However, this is the Columban parish of Santo ... Read More
  • An Old Columban Missionary Reflects February 18, 2013 Before the world was begun, O Lord You had me in your mind You gave me a place in your world, O Lord To be gracious, forgiving and kind. I tried and I failed and despaired, O Lord But you raised me again and again So I trust in your grace and your love, O Lord To shepherd me through to the ... Read More
  • 50 years Wandering the World February 14, 2013 If I had stayed in Iowa and worked in the grocery store with my Dad, I would never have become informed and concerned about what is happening around the world. Like every human being I must live my life in the place where I reside, but having lived and worked in various countries, I have ... Read More
  • Faith Flourishes in Myanmar February 13, 2013 As we drove out the main gate of the compound of the Archdiocese of Myitkyina on the fine afternoon in January, we turned left into a dusty, potholed road packed with motorbikes and jeepneys with thousands of people going about their daily business. Behind us we left the Cathedral of St. Columban built by Bishop ... Read More