In April 2016, I joined Archbishop George Lucas of the Omaha archdiocese on a trip of a lifetime – spending 17 days in China!
It is truly an age of disbelief. Respect for the values of human life has plunged. People of Christian faith who declare belief in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth that upholds the dignity and rights of the human person, stands with the poor and the excluded, shares with the refugees and the homeless, is at an all-time low.
A long time ago in Japan there lived a travelling man who went from place to place with his monkey who could dance. Sometimes he played music or sang and the monkey danced along with the music. After he put on a show he got money from the people who watched. After a while the monkey got old and stiff, and he was no longer able to dance very well.
In March 2013, Columban Fr. Bobby Gilmore wrote this letter to his niece Sarah and her husband Rob when he found out that Annabel Grace was born with Cystic Fibrosis.
Dear Rob and Sarah,
Just got the news about Annabel Grace and I said, God, why Annabel Grace? And God said, “Leave that to Annabel Grace and Me.”
Then, I said, “God, why Rob and Sarah?”
And God said, “Why not Rob and Sarah and Me?”
And then I said, “God, why us Gilmores and Murphys?”
Recently, we received a note of thanks from the diocese of Mytikyina for the donation we gave towards the completion of St. Michael's Church at Brigade Hill in Ka chyi Htu parish, Myanmar. Construction work was completed by the end of February 2016, and the new chapel was blessed by the chancellor, Fr. Paul Lum Dau, on April 8, 2016.
Once upon a time many years ago, a man and his wife lived in the countryside in Japan. He made his living cutting, growing and selling timber, and she looked after the house. They were very happy except for one thing, and that was that they had no children. One day the man was in the mountains cutting timber, and his wife was washing clothes in a river near their house. She noticed a very big peach come floating down the river. She pulled it out of the river and brought it into the house.