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  Advent and fishing: both require preparation

Dec 01, 2017
For Ben, this practice of attentive waiting is similar to the spirit we nurture during the Advent season as we wait in joyful hope for the return of Christ in glory at an unexpected moment.
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  Do this in memory of me

Oct 16, 2017
By her actions, you could almost imagine her saying to the world; “no matter what you throw at me nothing will stop me from baking and breaking bread. I will go on nurturing life.”
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  Parched spirits

Sep 13, 2017
"I will pour clean water over you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you of all your impurities and from all your idols.” (36:25)
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  Mary MacKillop - Advocate for the poor

Aug 08, 2017
Mary MacKillop was a pioneer and advocate for the poor, sick and those on the margins of our society. Today, her mission to the poor is very much alive in our world.
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  Forgive and find freedom

Jul 12, 2017
Forgiveness is at the core of Jesus' message. He cuts through the 'eye for an eye' mentality and tells his (shocked) followers that they must forgive and forgive and forgive.
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  The Holy Spirit as a godparent

Jun 16, 2017
As we become mature in our faith we come to a greater trust in God as a loving parent, like a caring father or mother.
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  Countering Islamophobia

May 16, 2017
Columban Fr Patrick McInerney is the Director of the Columban Mission Institute in Sydney and its Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations. He shares with us ways to counter Islamophobia.
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  An Easter Experience

Apr 21, 2017
The Easter season reminds us that from death comes life. An encounter with the Risen Christ can bring peace, forgiveness and reconciliation out of situations of animosity, division and the inability to forgive.
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  'Silence'

Mar 14, 2017
This film is based on the historical novel by Japanese Catholic author, Shusaku Endo that portrays a Portuguese Jesuit Priest witnessing his Christian flock being tortured and killed.
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  Mission "from" and "not" to the margins

Jan 16, 2017
Mission is not just a question of helping the poor and disadvantaged it must involve challenging power and privilege and creating just and inclusive communities. The centre has shifted to the margins.
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  Old story always new

Nov 22, 2016
Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and left that night for Egypt, where they stayed until the death of Herod. (Mt: 2.14)
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  A great welcome for ourselves

Oct 12, 2016
As missionaries we are called to be with people, patiently waiting to discern with them what the Spirit is calling us all to.
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  Being a priest is a grace, not a privilege

Sep 13, 2016
Two newly ordained Columban priests in Chile, Rafael Ramírez and Gonzalo Bórquez, share their missionary insights.
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  Pope Francis - A Church "called to form consciences"

Aug 15, 2016
Pope Francis is confident that we can trust the consciences of the faithful. God wants to help us all make good decisions.
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  A missionary journey

Jul 13, 2016
Fr Gerry Neylon shares with The Far East magazine his missionary journey over 43 years in three different Columban missions.
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  Letter from Lima

Jun 10, 2016
Melbourne born and raised, Columban Fr Bernard Lane has worked for many decades in Lima, Peru. We publish below excerpts from his 2016 Easter letter written at the beginning of April which was sent to family and friends.
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  Shusaku Endo, the silence of God, the presence of God

May 04, 2016
Endo maintains that it is the human experience of weakness and failure in our lives that can give us new depth in understanding Jesus and Christianity.
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  Late for school

Apr 12, 2016
No bread, no lunch, no money - a daily occurence
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  The Lord is Risen

Mar 30, 2016
Our Lenten journey is coming to an end. Our feet are being washed, we are sharing the bread, we are walking with our weary Lord the bloody steps to Calvary. Did we really shout 'Crucify him!'?
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  Why is that day called 'Good' Friday

Mar 07, 2016
I was often invited by head teachers of primary schools to explain to their students the meaning of 'Good' Friday and Easter Monday, since both were public holidays
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