This year we celebrate 100 years of Columban mission around the world! We invite you to join us in living out the Columban spirit in your local community.


My call to missionary discipleship compelled me to march that day for all children and affirm their right to the kingdom of God. While marching, I imagined Jesus from the story in the Gospel of Luke, welcoming all children and tending to the wounds they suffer as victims of physical, political, psychological, or sexual abuse.


When challenged on his views, he sometimes responded: “Cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? Experience asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks, is it right?”


We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves also groan within ourselves. In hope we were saved.


Today, as we listen to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,” let us remember the plea of those who greeted Jesus in Jerusalem: “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest” (Mark 11: 10). Deliver us, Lord, from our suffering.