Help us all, good Saint Luke,
to imitate very closely the life
and virtues of our Blessed Mother Mary,
about whom you wrote so beautifully,
and of Him whom she bore into this world,
Jesus Christ our Lord and our God,
who lives and is King for ever and ever.
Xavier College was established in 1953 as a boys school by the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji, to provide Christian education, particularly to Indian youth in the western part of Fiji and was entrusted to the Columban Fathers at the request of Bishop Foley. The latter saw education,
May the offerings of Your people be accepted by You, O Lord, and grant that we may be inflamed by that Divine fire which coming from the Heart of Your Son, burnt vehemently within blessed Margaret Mary. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
I am generally not so enthusiastic about explaining my artworks. I would rather have the artwork speak for itself to those gazing on it, because I feel that words are not enough and, even if they were, they are limited. In this article, however, I’d like to talk about the process, my intended symbolism and my short reflection on the mural that I painted on the entrance door of the Martyrs Chapel of the Columban Formation House and Lay Mission Center in Seoul, Korea. The painting is entitled “St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace.”
My Jesus, I love You with my heart.
I grieve for offended your infinite goodness
so many times.
I strive by Your grace to never more offend You
for the time to come; and now,
miserable and unworthy though I am,
I consecrate myself to You without reserve.
I give You and renounce my entire will,
my affections, my desires, and all that I possess.
From now on, use me
and all that I have as You wish.
All I ask of You and desire is Your holy love
and the perfect accomplishment of Your will.
“For me, life began at 40,” laughs Fr. Tony Coney, remembering how he arrived in Lima on his fortieth birthday. In addition, the date was August 30, providentially the Feast Day of the city’s patron, St. Rose of Lima. Fr. Tony came as a man with a mission.
In Her Own Words
For many years, Christina has been connected with St. Bernadette’s Day Center. This is what she told us.
“When I started school I went every day to the library in the Center, where the staff helped me with my homework. They were very patient, and I was able to go on learning. In the workshops I learned how to make bracelets, necklaces, key rings and many other things. At home, though, often I felt very lonely and sad because my parents separated, and my Mum had to go out to work. Even now at times I feel sad because I have several brothers and sisters, and I have to look after the smaller ones, and feel as if I’m the mother who has to do everything. It’s because of this that in the Children’s Center I can forget all my sadness and problems.”
My Lord Jesus Christ,
who for the love You bear us,
remain night and day in this Sacrament,
full of compassion and of love,
awaiting, calling and welcoming
all who come to visit You.
I believe that You are present
in the Sacrament of the Altar.
I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness
and I thank You for all the graces
You have given me, and in particular,
for having given me Your Most Holy Mother Mary
as my advocate and for having called me
to visit You in this church.