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. 

 

  • April 2016 E-Newsletter

    This month we had a lot to report on, as Earth Day is in just a few short days and many groups and organizations are preparing through events, action, prayer, and conversation. This month’s newsletter also includes a reflection on responses to the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, legislative updates about the Clean Power Plan, and news about Ecumenical Advocacy Days, which happened in D.C. this past weekend. It also includes prayers for Pakistan and prayers for Earth Day...

  • Gender-Based Violence in the Northern Triangle: The Root Causes of Asylum in the United States

    Widespread violence in the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) of Central America, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is the root cause of women and children leaving their countries of origin and seeking asylum in the United States. Violence undermines women and children in their immediate households, neighborhoods, and workplaces. Not surprisingly, since 2008, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported a nearly five-fold increase in the...

  • Going on Mission Today: Walking the Walk

    After the Transfiguration, the disciples walk down from the mountain with Jesus, and then a large crowd meets them. In Luke’s version, the incapacity and defects of the disciples is emphasized. These would-be leaders of the people, who were given authority and power over all demons and the power to heal (9:1-2), still have much to learn: they are not in charge, but under a charge. Jesus needs us to continue his mission. Not everyone recognizes that we are sent, and that we, as disciples of...

  • March 2016 E-Newsletter

    March 2016 was filled with a lot of exciting events. One such event was the visit of Irish Columban Father Sean McDonagh. During his tour across the United States, he discussed his newest book, On Care for Our Common Home, a commentary on the pope’s most recent encyclical on the environment. This month’s newsletter includes a Lenten reflection by Columban Father Robert Mosher, legislative updates, news of an upcoming Columban visitor from Pakistan, and an opportunity to take action on the recent assassination of Berta Cáceres, Honduran human rights defender...

  • Global Catholic Climate Movement Anniversary

    Exactly one year ago, the Columbans in the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States helped give birth to the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), in anticipation of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si: On the Care for Our Common Home. In May, Pope Francis met with the leaders of GCCM and endorsed our petition, inviting us to promote awareness among Catholics about the moral implications of the climate crisis. A month later, on June 18...

  • Lenten Reflection: Mournful Women Weeping

    At the presentation of Jesus in the temple, Simeon told Mary that a sword would pierce her: “and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:35) Although no actual physical harm came to Mary, Simeon’s prophesy came true. The sword that pierced her was the anguish, grief, and sorrow she experienced as her Son was crucified. Her sorrows were the focus of the 13th century poem Stabat Mater Dolorosa (The Sorrowful Mother Stood), which was...

  • February 2016 E-Newsletter

    This month’s newsletter includes a celebration of the first anniversary of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and Columban involvement in the movement. It also includes a Lenten reflection and action guide from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, news of Columban Fathers on the US-Mexico border, a reflection on Lent and immigration, and an overview of Columban Father Sean McDonagh’s upcoming visit...

  • Learning from Different Lives

    I belong to a minority indigenous group in China, the Hani. My people’s faith lies in the belief that all creatures have souls and deserve equal respect. The Columban’s endeavors in social, environmental, and economic justice reflect a similar spirituality. Tracing back to my Hani heritage, as the migration intern, I feel even more closely related to the work Columbans are doing advocating for justice for immigrants. St. Columban once said, “A life unlike your own can be your teacher.” Similarly, one of the greatest philosophical...

  • Human Dignity through the Eyes of Columbans

    In addition to gaining more issue knowledge and advocacy skills, one important thing I obtained from my internship with Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach was the chance to explore the idea of human dignity and to contemplate what we can do to protect it. To me, human dignity represents the ultimate tender care for each individual. Throughout my internship, I witnessed the Columban’s work in issues pertaining to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and migrants along the...

  • In the Wake of the Attacks in Paris: “Gathering Courage, Healing Wounds”

    The terrorist attacks took place in Paris on November 13 was a tragedy that shook the world. Multiple shootings and explosions hit the busiest area of the city on Friday night, causing more than one hundred deaths. President Hollande responded to the attacks by calling it an “act of war,” and ordered another round of air strikes in Syria. The attacks have also triggered the anger and fear of people from all over the world  Many countries in the West, including the United States, have started to reconsider...

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