Articles & Resources

Our articles and resources are prepared by staff, other members of the Columban community, and organizations the Columbans work with. We welcome their use for your prayerful reflection and your advocacy efforts. 

 

  • Lenten Reflection Resources

    Lent begins March 1st with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. A time for spiritual growth, repentance, and self-reflection, Lent allows us time to reflect on how we are living our faith’s call to protect creation and human dignity, and work for justice and peace both individually and structurally. Check out resources put together by our partner organizations, Sisters of Mercy, Maryknoll Office of Global Concern, Pax Christi USA, and the Columban Mission Institute, to help guide you in your Lenten journey...

  • Lenten Novena for Protectors of Mother Earth

    The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team developed this novena to invite people of faith to join in solidarity with people, especially indigenous communities, who are courageously speaking out against the impacts of extractive industries. Too many of them have sacrificed their lives to protect water, land and sacred territory. Despite their experience of life-destroying and systemic oppression, they continue to bear witness...

  • Prayer For Migrants

    For all those who see “home” and all it means Disappear behind them; For all those who cannot see a home In the days ahead of them; For all those who dwell in Daily insecurity; For all those who are weary and Without a safe place to rest their heads; For all families in migration we pray. May the image of the Holy Family Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year, And stay with us each night as we are blessed With returning to a home. May we also be blessed With compassion for...

  • Columban Divestment and Positive Impact Investing

    We know both through our missionary experience, and by what global climate scientists tell us, that our human dependence on fossil fuels is a significant cause of climate change and its devastating consequences. Faced with this reality, in 2016, on the feast of St. Francis in a joint announcement coordinated by the Global Catholic Climate Movement of catholic institutions around the world, Columbans pledged to take steps to divest from fossil fuels and move towards positive impact investing...

  • Laudato Si Homily Helps

    Laudato Si Homily HelpsThe Catholic Climate Covenant provides resources for homilists and other materials that will help you integrate the rich insights of Laudato Si' and Christian care for creation into Sunday Mass. These include highlights from the scriptures, readings of the day, relevant quotations from Laudato Si', brief commentary, illustrations and anecdotes, sample applications, sample petitions, and bulletin notes.

  • Finding Dory and Climate Change

    As I approach the end of my internship here at the Columban Center, I find myself reflecting on all of the many ways in which I have grown since day one. Just a few months ago I knew only the basics about climate change and climate change policy. Now, I understand so much more about the state of our global climate and what we can do to take care of it. This internship has helped me to grow by forcing me to focus on an issue that I had not previously given much thought to...

  • A Year of Mercy

    Love your neighbor

    On November 20, 2016, Pope Francis concluded a Year of Mercy by symbolically closing the Holy Door to St. Peter’s Basilica. The past year has allowed us to reflect intimately on our faithfulness to Jesus and his endless mercy, reconciliation, and pardon. When he ended the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis never said our job to limitlessly extend mercy and compassion is complete, or that we can assume the role of bystanders to injustice. Nor did he say that we could return to...

  • Learning Advocacy

    When I told my mother I was applying to intern at the Columban Center, she said “you’re doing what?" As someone who considers herself a fairly nonreligious person, a faith-based organization seemed like a strange place for me to end up. I didn’t know anything about Catholic Social Teaching, and while faith has always been a motivator for my advocacy, I rarely connected that faith to organized religious practices.Three months later, I still wouldn’t call myself religious, but my worldview has certainly...

  • Blossoms in Winter

    Blossoms in winter

    Just a few weekends ago, I woke up on Saturday morning to the sun blazing in through my window. I got up and went to my usual track practice. The day was clear and bright with no wind or clouds in the sky. It was the middle of November, but a comfortable 70 degrees outside. I was glad to run in nice weather, but perplexed and anxious for fall, let alone winter, to start. I am used to crisp air and blustering winds when running at this time of year, but for some reason that season had yet to come...

  • Adapting to Change

    The fight is not over,

    The hardest part of being an intern during election season was how quickly everything changed. I could read all about an issue one week, only to come in the next week and find that candidates had made new promises that could change everything. In an election where immigration was such a vital topic, it could be hard to keep up with everything going on. I spent a lot of time reading news articles over the past two months. What has been said about immigration? What could the implications...

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