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A Humble Experience During Quarantine A Humble Experience During Quarantine

What I experienced during quarantine was a humbling experience to say the least. Everyone was concerned, some prayed for me, some sent messages of encouragement, and kind advice.

Outraged by Human Greed by Fr Rex Rocamora Outraged by Human Greed by Fr Rex Rocamora

"I came to realize about how much outrage Popong has against greed when  Father Yrap shared that Popong ‘did not want to give a penny’ to anyone who might profit from kidnapping him."

TO BE FISHER OF MEN TO BE FISHER OF MEN

The Columban family in the Philippine region rejoiced with the parishioners of San Roque Parish, Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental as Fr. Jerry A. Lohera, SSC was ordained into priesthood last June 14, 2022, by Archbishop Jose Cabantan, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

TO BE FISHER OF MEN TO BE FISHER OF MEN

The Columban family in the Philippine region rejoiced with the parishioners of San Roque Parish, Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental as Fr. Jerry A. Lohera, SSC was ordained into priesthood last June 14, 2022, by Archbishop Jose Cabantan, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro.

The Deaf Ministry during the Pandemic The Deaf Ministry during the Pandemic

During this pandemic, the deaf people are more isolated from the rest of the world. They only become aware with what is happening locally and globally through visual media, from the TV or the internet. Even then, the information interpreted for them has its limits.

Loving as Jesus Love Loving as Jesus Love

The French philosopher Alain Badiou says that, “love, the essence of which is fidelity to the meaning I give to this word, demon-strates how eternity can exist within the span of life itself.”

Determination and Discernment Determination and Discernment

Dreaming to become a priest at that time without considering all the factors at play was foolish and ambitious. I can still remember my father’s desperate voice, telling me, “I cannot afford to send you to the seminary.” We had a small farm planted with sweet potato, ube, corn, cassava, taro and banana that only provides us little income.

A One of a Kind Ordination A One of a Kind Ordination

Elbert, a newly ordained deacon of the Missionary Society of St Columban, from Oton, Iloilo, shares his reflection about his diaconate ordination experience at this time of pandemic.

Diaconate Ordination of Elbert Balbastro and Jerry Lohera Diaconate Ordination of Elbert Balbastro and Jerry Lohera

In the morning of the same day, both Elbert and Jerry became permanent members of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. Congratulations!  As we welcome them with joy and thanksgiving, we also continue to pray for them in the next stage of their missionary journey.

Speaking about the Mural St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace Speaking about the Mural St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace

"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 Columban Formation House and Lay Mission Center in Seoul. The painting is entitled St. Peter and St. Paul’s Embrace of Peace."

Faith + Love = Unity Faith + Love = Unity

The Philippines, an archipelagic country composed of 7,600 islands, breeds diversity in culture, language, tradition, and customs. Inevitably, such diversity could sometimes lead to misunderstandings, form a regionalism perspective, and disunity.

Faith and Gratitude Faith and Gratitude

"It is hard to imagine how my life would be without the missionaries who came into the country. I am grateful because I am now harvesting the fruits of their labor. "

My All Souls Day Experience in New Bilibid Prison My All Souls Day Experience in New Bilibid Prison

All Souls Day is a significant day in the Roman Catholic Calendar. It is a day of prayer and remembrance for the departed souls of our dear families and relatives and is usually observed withshared meals and visits to the cemeteries.

Finding God during Our Times of Confinement Finding God during Our Times of Confinement

"When I prayed, I would often be reminded of Saint John of the Cross when he was imprisoned in a pitch-black cell for a long period of time. What gave him strength to survive was focusing on the tiny chink of light that came into his cell each day."

"IN ALL THAT I DO, WITH, THROUGH AND IN THE LORD" "IN ALL THAT I DO, WITH, THROUGH AND IN THE LORD"

During a Columban seminary formation, the study of philosophy is followed by a spiritual year program. It is different.  This is a non-academic year where there are no exams, and all throughout the period, the seminarian is especially guided by prayer. Mosese Yacalevu from Labasa, Fiji, shares his personal reflection of the thirty-day retreat that is considered the highlight in this part of seminary formation.

Dialogue Through the Heart Dialogue Through the Heart

"In my journey of dialogue with other religions, I have embodied the insight that dialogue entails listening but I could only understand deeply by using my heart."

Feeding the Hungry Feeding the Hungry

"The Novitiate Community of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, have been preparing and distributing cooked meals to the homeless."

Leprosy Leprosy

Like in the time of Jesus, the lepers often feel abandoned by their family and excluded from the community. Due to the distance and the lack of money to defray travel expenses, a lot of them never get visitors.

Give Us Our Daily Bread Give Us Our Daily Bread

"After hearing word that a lot of people within our community were losing jobs and going hungry, one of our parishioners wanted to start an 'Olla Comun' or soup kitchen, to help feed families who couldn’t afford to buy food."

The Spirit Intercedes in Our Journey The Spirit Intercedes in Our Journey

"I feel and believe that the Spirit helped me to consider looking for congregations beyond my territory.  It is the same Spirit who strengthens me and continues to lit my burning desire to serve."

So, Why is Sunflower Like That? So, Why is Sunflower Like That?

“If there is a powerful symbol for someone who diligently follows, someone who completely puts his whole attention to someone or something and remains completely faithful no matter what the conditions may be, it is the sunflower."

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