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.

  • Every Voice Matters: Meeting Your Members of Congress at Home!

    Participants from our Advocacy Immersion Week visited their Congressional representatives to discuss compassionate immigration policies.

    In a recent survey of congressional staffers, 94% said ‘in-person visits from constituents’ have ‘some’ or ‘a lot’ of influence on an undecided lawmaker. Members of Congress listen when you visit them. Your voice matters!


  • On the Border of Hope: Two Trips to the US/Mexico Border

    Monica and her border trip companions visiting with Jorge.

    In his letter Bishop Mark Seitz reminds us that “every human being bears within him or her the image of God, which confers upon us a dignity higher than any passport or immigration status.” This applies to not only migrants but also border patrol agents, deportation agents and deported persons, judges, and lawyers. Each one of us is a child of God.

  • Let Love and Faith Move You

    St. Mary's Catholic Church youth community (Victoria is in the pink tutu)

    In tiring times like these our fear can trap us, but our faith demands that we get busy being the best neighbor we can be. And when our work at times seem small, we know that love compels us forward anyway and that, ultimately, Christ will restore us...

  • A Small Boat in the Storm

    This past weekend, we all began celebrations for the Fourth of July—the day of our country’s independence. People come from all over the country to celebrate here in Washington, D.C. Though I should be celebrating, I can’t help but think about what else is happening here in our nation’s capital. Day after day, the Columban Center and our partner organizations defend the rights of the poor and vulnerable before policy-makers and government officials. Now, more than ever, it seems those communities are not being supported and are under attack...

  • The D.C. Effect

    My first visit to Washington D.C. was a short one, three days to be exact. Before arriving, I had settled on a short list of things I needed to see in my short time here: visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Archives. Little did I know the profound effect visiting these places would have on me. After a tour of the Holocaust museum, I was lead into a small lobby where a poster read: “The next time you witness hatred, the next time you see injustice, think about what you saw....

  • Our Responsibility

    In Laudato Si Pope Francis reminds us, faithful servants, of our responsibility toward the environment, our common home. He reminds us that the elements of the world are connected, and he emphasizes the dignity and importance of each person, calling special attention to the connection between the poor people of the world and the environment. In Laudato Si Pope Francis offers a reflection on some of the ills that endanger our planet: various kinds of pollution, global warming...