Weekly Reflections

Weekly Reflections on Justice are written by the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach staff, volunteers, interns, and visiting Columban Missionaries. We hope these reflections help to guide you on your own spiritual journey working toward justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.

  • A Seamless Garment of Mercy: The Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    By Scott Wright, CCAO Director

    “The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • The Holy Family

    By Jennifer Labbadia, CCAO Communications and Outreach Associate

    The first Gospel reading of the New Year tells the story of the Shepherds welcoming the child of Mary into the world and sharing the Good News of his arrival. After arriving in Bethlehem, the shepherds encounter the Holy Family in the manger, under Jesus’ rising star.

    “When they saw this,
    they made known the message
    that had been told them about this child.
    All who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2:16-21)

  • The Year of Mercy

    By Rebecca Eastwood, CCAO Advocacy Associate

    We are now entering a new year and winding down from various holiday celebrations. If you are anything like me, you have been eating non-stop for the past few weeks, spending time with family members, watching holiday movies, and just generally relaxing.