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.

  • My Sheep Hear My Voice

    By Ruth Coyne, former Ignatian Volunteer Corps member

    In 1970, the United Nations General Assembly recognized April 22 as International Mother Earth Day, “Recognizing that Mother Earth reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

    They also emphasized, “the responsibility we have to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.”

  • Holy Week and Easter: Mercy and Joy at the U.S. – Mexico Border

    During Holy Week, an immersion trip organized by the UK region of the Columbans visited the Columban Mission Center on the US-Mexico border. Julia Corcoran, a Columban Faith in Action Volunteer in the UK, reflects on the experience as a whole, sharing observations from other members of the delegation.

    As we come to the end of our time in El Paso and most of the group flies back to the UK, it is time to reflect on our whole mission exposure here at the border.

  • For Nothing is Impossible with God

    by Jenny Labbadia, Communications and Outreach Associate

    Today’s reading tells the story of the angel Gabriel bringing the news of Jesus’ coming conception to Mary. 

    Gabriel visits Mary in Nazareth and tells her:

    Do not be afraid, Mary,

    for you have found favor with God.

    Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son

    and you shall name him Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)

  • Easter Season Begins

    By Rebecca Eastwood, CCAO Advocacy Associate

    Yesterday, Easter Sunday marked the end of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season.

    When I was growing up, I remember counting down the days to Easter Sunday every year. This was not simply because I looked forward to the Easter egg hunts with my family or the piles of candy I knew I would find in those eggs, but because Easter marked the end of whatever practice I had decided to give up that Lent.

  • Taste and See

    This week’s reflection is the sixth part of the Lenten Series of our Weekly Reflection on Justice. This 7 week series features people from various parts of the Columban community in the United States. Today’s reflection is from Juan Carlos Garcia. Juan Carlos is the Web Developer for Hispanic Ministry in the United States.

    “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Mathew 5:6)

  • Increasing My Regard for Creation

    This week’s reflection is the fifth part of the Lenten Series of our Weekly Reflection on Justice. This 7 week series features people from various parts of the Columban community in the United States. Today’s reflection is from Father Tom Glennon. Father Tom lives in Omaha, Nebraska, but spent many years as a Columban missionary in Taiwan.

    When the big trucks and buses rumbled down the narrow street, my curiosity was peaked. It was unusual to have this kind of traffic in the residential area. So, I asked my father, “why is this happening?”

  • Washing Up

    This week’s reflection is the fourth part of the Lenten Series of our Weekly Reflection on Justice. This 7 week series features people from various parts of the Columban community in the United States. Today’s reflection is from Columban Father, Robert Mosher. Father Mosher has lived and worked in the border town of El Paso, Texas for years where he runs the Columban Mission Center. The reflection below is an excerpt from a recent three-day mission Father Mosher preached at a local parish.

  • Hearts Wide Open

    This week’s reflection is the third part of the Lenten Series of our Weekly Reflection on Justice. This 7 week series features people from various parts of the Columban community in the United States. Today’s reflection is from Amy Woolam Echeverria. Amy began her missionary journey in Chile and currently is the Columban International Coordinator for Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation.

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