August/September 2018

Come the Weekend

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? (Psalm 24)

By Fr. Noel O'Neill

September 24, 2018
Columban Frs. Barry Cairns (right) and Leo Schumaker (left) in front of the window

Christ Walks with Us on Our Journey of Life

Columban history in the Japan mission is behind this stained glass window of the Risen Christ. In 1979, the architect of the new headquarters for the then almost 100 Columbans in Japan commissioned stained glass artist Hideo Matsuda to create Stations of the Cross for the new chapel.

By Fr. Barry Cairns

September 17, 2018

Something to Declare

It is interesting to watch those television programs that deal with people passing through customs as they return from holidays or family visits abroad.

By Fr. Bobby Gilmore

September 10, 2018
Faith and formation in Fiji

The Bougainvillea Flower

We had our retreat in Nadi Ashram in May 2014. During our retreat I was passing by the road from the house where I stayed to the dining hall, along the way I saw a beautiful bougainvillea. Despite being a very old tree with few leaves on it, I was struck by the beautiful flowers it had.

By Liezl Ladaran

September 3, 2018

Acts of Love and Kindness

In my opinion love and kindness are the two words that most clearly express the life of Jesus.

By Kim Jung-Woong Bosco

August 30, 2018
The Mission of the Trinity

The Mission of the Trinity

An African saying is my reminder: "If I go alone I go faster. If I go with others I go farther." This year, I hope to go a little farther so here is a reflection on a key moment in the life of Jesus – His call to mission within the Trinity. It is our call to Columban mission too.

By Sr. Kathleen Coyle

August 27, 2018
Fr. John and Josè

A Tale of Two Brothers

Sometimes you come across a bond of love that makes you feel really humble. This is what happened to me when I met Josè and David.

By Fr. John Boles

August 20, 2018
Peter singing with some of his HEC classmates as backup

Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow

I am Peter, and I am a third year student at Columban Fr. Neil Magill's Higher Education Center [HEC] in Mandalay, Myanmar (formerly Burma). We get two weeks holiday during the academic year, but most of the 90 students at the HEC cannot go home.

By Peter, as told to Columban Fr. Neil Magill

August 13, 2018
Children play at the Center

Children at Risk

"The children, the young children, we have to do something about the children, they are at risk." Warmi Huasi is a small civil association (NGO) I set up with others twelve years ago to accompany families, and especially children at risk, who live in situations of poverty.

By Fr. Ed O'Connell

August 8, 2018

In So Many Words

The story is told of a good and prayerful woman who claimed to have had a vision of Christ. She went to see the bishop. "Did you talk to him?" he asked.

By Sr. Redempta Twomey

August 1, 2018

The Masterpiece of Nature

When Fr. Sean McDonagh, who taught at the University of Mindanao in the Philippines, joined one of his students on a research project among the T'boli tribe during the summer of 1978, he could not have imagined what a life-changing experience lay ahead of him. His initial plan had simply been to swap for a few months the hustle and bustle of Davao City for the slow paced rhythm of the rainforest where these indigenous people have lived for centuries.

A few years later, however, the local bishop invited Fr. Sean, a Columban missionary, to set up a mission station among the T'boli people. By then, they had captured his

By Fr. Tim Mulroy August 1, 2018
Young and old practice meditation

Light Shines in the Dark

The last time I crossed a body of water on a boat at night was on my first mission assignment in the Fiji Islands. On one night I had to return to the mainland of Vanua Levu from Rabi Island. I told the priest maybe I could return to the mainland the next morning.

By Fr. Kurt Zion Pala

August 1, 2018

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