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Daily Prayer - Prayer Before Study

August 22, 2017

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, 
and pour on my lips the grace of Your blessing.
Give me quickness of understanding, 

Daily Prayer - Fountain of Life

August 21, 2017

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.

O Jesus! Light of all below!
Fountain of life and fire!
Surpassing all the joys we know,
And all we can desire.

God's Work

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. I wrote to the Columban Sisters, and I was invited to meet the person in charge of vocations in Dublin when I was seventeen.

Sr. Damien with a mother and child at the Caritas Center in Fanling.
Sr. Damien with Hakka people in Fanling.
Sr. Damien visiting the boat people in Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island.

Daily Prayer - Reign in Us

August 20, 2017

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.

Reign in us, 
against all our menacing enemies, 
against the world, 
the flesh, and the Devil, 
by the power of Your Holy Ghost, 
and for the glory of Your Father.

Amen.

Daily Prayer - Hear My Sighs

August 19, 2017

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!

O my sweet Jesus! hear the sighs
Which I send to You!
To You my spirit cries,
My being's hope and end!

100 Points of Light - 2002

 

As the 21st century began, the Columbans were approaching the 50th anniversary of their presence in the countries of Fiji and Peru.

In the late 1950s, Bishop Victor Foley, the Marist bishop of Fiji, asked the Columbans for help, and the first Columban Fathers arrived there in February 1952.

In the summer of 1952, the first Columban Fathers arrived in Lima, Peru.

Daily Prayer - Intercede for Us

August 18, 2017

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, 
and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, 

Daily Prayer - Prayer for Parents

August 17, 2017

O Almighty God,
you gave us the commandment 
to honor our father and mother.
In your loving kindness 
hear my prayer for my parents.
Give them long lives 
and keep them well in body and spirit.
Bless their labors;
keep them always in your care.
Bless them generously for their loving care for me.
Grant that, through your grace,
I may always be their support
and comfort, and that,

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We go in the name of the Church to announce, by deed and word, the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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Phone: 877-299-1920
Fax: 402-291-4984
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