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.

  • Lenten Novena: Standing Rock and the Cry of the Earth

    The water protectors have caught the global imagination, with indigenous people and their allies traveling to North Dakota from around the world to join the Standing Rock in prayer for tribal rights and for creation. We join in song as “the whole world is watching.” Prayer: “God of love, may we grow in our love for you, responding with justice and mercy to the cry of the poor and with reverence and care to the cry of the earth...

  • Lenten Novena: Standing Rock and the Cry of Indigenous Peoples

    The Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, collectively known as the water protectors, were praying for months to change the minds and hearts of policymakers determined to build the Dakota Access Pipeline near the tribe’s lands. Their pleas at the construction site against both the desecration of their land and the potential risk to the water supply for millions of people were greeted with violent...

  • Lenten Novena: Berta Caceres: A Laudato Si’ Martyr

    Today we mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Berta Caceres, a leader of the Lenca people in Honduras and a human rights defender who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She is among more than 120 people who have been killed in Honduras since 2010 for taking a stand against dams, mines, logging or agriculture on their land –murdered by state forces, security guards or hired assassins. Countless others have been threatened, attacked or imprisoned...

  • Lenten Novena: Ash Wednesday

    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...

  • Confronting Chaos, Forging Community: Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

    Every year, the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach participates in Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a conference in Washington D.C. that brings Christians of all denominations from around the country together to explore issues of justice and peace. This year, the conference will take place from April 21-24 and will tackle the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism through prayer, worship, and advocacy. With the official theme, Confronting Chaos, Forging Community...

  • Signs of the Time: The Good Samaritan and the Good News of Sanctuary

    In the first few weeks since the inauguration of a new president, the new administration has issued Executive Orders to build a wall on the U.S. – Mexico border, to bar refugees from Syria and other Muslim countries from entering the United States, and to cut off federal funding to Sanctuary Cities who seek to support immigrants and refugees, rather than to deport them. A nation of immigrants, and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, anxiously awaits to see whether the President of the United States...

  • From the Hill: The New Administration and Nominations

    The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach bridges Columban communities in the U.S. and around the world and policymakers in Washington, D.C. We work to elevate the Columban perspective and knowledge on issues ranging from international trade to climate change to U.S./Mexico border policy. ‘From The Hill’ recaps the month’s most pressing issues that we’re following! In the last ‘From the Hill’ we looked back on 2016 and its challenges and successes. We ended this reflection with: “In light of the events of 2016....

  • Ash Wednesday: Return to Me with Your Whole Heart

    This is the first part of our seven part Lenten Reflection series with the theme Lenten Tears of Conversion: A Season of Transformation. Listening to Pope Francis’ call at the US—Mexico border to “weep over injustice” and soften our hearts, members of the community, including Columban Fathers, co-workers, interns, volunteers, and short-term missionaries, reflect on how God’s mercy has entered their heart and transformed them. The first reflection is from Scott Wright, Director of the Columban...

  • 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...

  • Limitless Love

    In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus makes known his limitless love when he commands us to love everyone, even those it may be difficult to love. You have heard that it was said: You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (MT:38-48). Whenever I come across this passage, I think of our faith’s call to love those our society has cast aside, those deemed “enemies” simply because of the color of their skin, their gender, their...

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