St. Columban, known for his mystical relationship with the natural world, is quoted as saying, If you want to know the Creator, know Creation. Today, Columban missionaries carry this spirituality of care and respect for Creation as integral to our missionary identity and way of participating in God’s mission. This has led Columbans to dedicate ourselves to education and advocacy nationally and internationally on key ecological issues like climate change, water, food, extractive industries and biodiversity.
On January 1, Pope Francis delivered his annual World Day of Peace message. He chose for his theme, on this 50 anniversary of the Peace Day message, “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace.” His message is all the more timely and urgent, given a world torn by war and violence. For years now, daily accounts of the suffering of civilians in Aleppo, Syria and for months, tweets from a 7-year-old girl named Bana, pleading for help, have brought the plight of Syrian civilians and refugees into the...
The Sign of Peace during the Diamond Jubilee Mass in St Columban’s Home, Chuncheon City, South Korea on April 26, 2014. As a child, I thought Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar was “off season” for the Church and Advent, Lent, and Easter were the only important “seasons.” Eventually, a maturing faith prevailed. O
by Kailee Traficante, Environmental Justice Intern
Today’s reflection is the final installment of our five-week reflection series on Season of Creation.
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