Columban Mission Magazine Featured Stories

June/July 2019
Columban Lay Missionary Irma Cantago
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In This Issue
Here are the latest stories from Columban missionaries around the world working with the poor, homeless and those in need. You can find these stories in the current issue of Columban Mission magazine. New stories will be add each week. 


A Belief Challenged

 July 15, 2019

I arrived in Pakistan in 1994 after joining the Columban lay missionary orientation program which included a focused study on Islam and the Pakistani culture.

By Aurora C. Luceenpo
Columban Lay Missionary Irma Cantago

Life Is a Mission

 July 8, 2019

I am Irma Lara Cantago, a Columban lay missionary for many years.

By Irma Cantago

The Emmaus Story

 July 1, 2019

The story begins with Cleophas and his companion traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus. Their outward journey is a symbol of an inward search. But they are traveling in the wrong direction! They are walking away from Jerusalem and moving away from the place of pain! They are unable to face Jerusalem, because Jerusalem is associated with failure. It is natural therefore for them to want to leave it. However, one cannot leave failure behind even if one leaves the place of failure. Life is a process of letting go, a dying and rising.

By Sr. Kathleen Coyle

Music Eases My Journey

 June 24, 2019

Learning a new language is really difficult. One has to become a child again and enter an entirely new culture.

By Vasemaca Ratu

Creating Bridges

 June 17, 2019

As he ends his tenure as Columban Superior General, Fr.

By Fr. Kevin O'Neill

Hope Center Reflections

 June 10, 2019

I Am Still Lucky
By Columban Seminarians

Bartimaeus, the Blind Beggar

 June 3, 2019

Bartimaeus, a beggar, was sitting on the roadside, outside Jericho, blind, begging, isolated, speechless, mute. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by He waited. How long did he wait?

By Sr. Kathleen Coyle

The Immensity of God

 June 1, 2019

Recently I have been fascinated by the news of two black holes circling each other and heading towards a massive explosion.

By Fr. Trevor Trotter

Patience and Perseverance

 June 1, 2019

People around the globe report increasing levels of stress. Our lives are so busy that day-to-day we feel hurried and harried. I think many of us yearn for a quiet respite. But if we do take the time to turn off the TV and the computer and press the "pause" button in our lives, we often do not know what to do next. What can we do that will allow us to go deeper and tap into the wellsprings of inspiration and sources of courage for living? Years ago a spiritual director introduced me to four questions:

The first of these questions is, "What do you treasure in your heart?" As St. Matthew's Gospel tells us, "For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also." I think for most of us, the answer is really 

By Fr. John Burger

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