In 1986, when I was in the process of learning Cantonese, a Hong Kong friend took me to Mong Kok on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong where, for the first time, I saw sex workers waiting on the streets for clients. It was clear that the residents in this area preferred not to acknowledge the existence of this group of women in their midst.
I am the wheat of God,
and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts,
that I may be found the pure bread of God.
I long after the Lord,
the Son of the true God and Father, Jesus Christ.
Him I seek, who died for us and rose again.
I am eager to die for the sake of Christ.
My love has been crucified,
and there is no fire in me that loves anything.
O God, Who taught blessed Hedwig
to renounce the vanity of this world,
that, with her whole heart,
she might follow the humble way of Your cross:
grant that, through her merits and example,
we may learn to trample underfoot
the perishable delights of this world
and by clinging to Your cross
overcome whatsoever may be opposed to us.
Graciously hear us, O God, our Savior,
that we rejoice in the festival of blessed Teresa, Your Virgin,
so we may be fed with the food of her Heavenly teaching,
and grow in loving devotion towards You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
world without end.
The work of the Columbans over the last 65 years has been blessed by the presence of diocesan priests (associates) who contract with the Missionary Society of St. Columban for a period of six or more years. During my first years in Chile, they came from Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Scotland. My first parish priest was Fr.
O Lord, may this mystical oblation benefit us:
may it both release us from our guilt
and confirm us in eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without end.
God our Father,
may we always profit by the prayers
of the Virgin Mother Mary,
for You bring us life and salvation
through Jesus Christ her Son
Who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.
Lord Jesus, our Savior,
You have made Your mother Mary
a faithful follower of God's law
and a chosen member of Your Church.
Through her prayers,
may we continue to grow in Your love.
Lord Jesus, King of all the saints,
we praise You now and forever.
Lord Jesus Christ,
who are called the Prince of Peace,
who are yourself our peace and reconciliation,
who so often said, Peace to you, grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of
truth, justice, and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee
O Lord, during this day,
may I become a more thoughtful person,
a more prayerful,
generous and kind person.
Help me not to be turned in on myself,
but to be sensitive and helpful to others.
When night comes,
may I look back upon this day without regrets,
and may no one be unhappy because of anything
I have done or anything I have failed to do.