Magazine Story Archive

  • Human Rights February 1, 2017 amy-woolam-echeverriaWe all marvel at the deep and simple wisdom children hold in their hearts and on their lips. In preparing to write this reflection for this issue on Human Rights, I asked my ten year old daughter what we mean when we say, “human rights.” Her reply was effortless: the right to recess, the right ... Read More
  • A Cricket Match to Build Friendships February 1, 2017 cricket-2A Level Playing Field Cricket is played everywhere in Pakistan. On streets, in parks and wherever there is an area big enough for the game. People of all classes and faiths play it. All that the poor require to play is a bat, a few bricks which become the wicket and a tennis ball which is ... Read More
  • Loving Our Neighbor February 1, 2017 loving-neighborSharing Lives I can still vividly remember the day when we first opened Ladies’ Day in Christ Church, Farm Road. Most of us are volunteers, and there is only one Muslim lady who came in. We were hopeful that more women would come and hear about the new initiative we have in the neighborhood. This project opened ... Read More
  • North Korean Refugees February 1, 2017 Fr. Thomas Nam, second from leftLiving in Bangkok, Thailand In May 2016, I went to Bangkok, Thailand, with other priests and a brother in order to visit the Korean Embassy and the Korean Catholic Community there. We were looking at how we might help North Korean refugees with the help of the embassy and Catholic community. Among the high number of ... Read More
  • Luis de Almeida February 1, 2017 doctor-merchant-missionaryDoctor, Merchant, Missionary The Columban missionaries staffed the three parishes on Amakusa Island in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, from 1950 through 1997. The three parishes were in three different communities, each with its own history and personality. But all three, Hondo Oe and Sakitsu, like to trace their parish’s heritage back to 1566. So on the first ... Read More
  • Christmas by the Bay December 1, 2016 christmas-by-bay-1All Hearts Need Christmas The snow outside is tapering off. There is a Christmas concert on public television. Surely it is time for me to reflect as Christmas approaches. This December finds me having turned 70, continuing my priestly and missionary life at St. Columban’s, Bristol, Rhode Island. I have been here since 2013 trying to make ... Read More
  • The Christmas Season Is Upon Us Once Again! December 1, 2016 christmas-season-upon-usA Non-Stop Celebration Columban Fr. Donald Kill writes about the celebration of the Christmas season at the “Balay San Columbano” home in the Philippines. This home was founded by Fr. Donald to give the children of alcoholics and drug addicts better opportunities in life. Christmas Begins Anytime After September Here in the Philippines the Christmas season begins any ... Read More
  • People Were Thirsty for God December 1, 2016 thirsty-peru-1A Missionary for the Andes of Peru The tall elderly man leaning slightly on his cane, stands out among the people of the Andes. Most Andean folks reach only to his shoulders, and his white and ruddy skin, burned by the cold, contrasts with the coppery skin of the local residents. But other than external appearances ... Read More
  • The Presence of God December 1, 2016 presence-of-godThere are times when God is near to us and helps us through the day No matter what the obstacles, the worries, the cares on top of us We bare the marks of his great Cross Triumphantly all the way. If ever it is our lot to know success that leads you on But all the triumphant flattery, the laughs, ... Read More
  • In the Eyes of the Child December 1, 2016 Erl and friends in PeruFinding My Vocation Aside from my parish involvement, one of the most memorable experiences that I had in Peru was my ministry in Manuel Duato, a special institution which provides basic education for persons with special needs. The school was founded by Fr. Agustin Garvey and Sr. Elizabeth Doyle in July 16, 1976, whose efforts made ... Read More
  • A Place to Be Still December 1, 2016 place-to-be-stillFinding the Waiting God There is something about life on an island. The past number of years I’ve been blessed to spend three weeks on an island called Negros Oriental. Every year after the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I pack up my bag and my books and head out. It is not an easy ... Read More