Spirituality Articles

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    There appears to be good evidence to suggest that Columban and his companions would have traveled through Cornwall on their journey to Brittany.

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    A Chapter In My Life

    On Wednesday 7th January 2015, Jason Antiquiera was ordained as a Columban missionary priest.  His journey of discernment and preparation began in 2002 and, below, he writes in 2010 of a significant moment on the road.

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    Sing and Share New Columban Hymn

    2015 marks the 1400 anniversary of the death of St Columban, the patron of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. To mark this anniversary a new hymn has been composed 

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    1400th anniversary of Saint Columban’s death

    Last Sunday, Cardinal Seán Brady, retired archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, was the Principal Celebrant at Mass at the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome, marking the 1400th anniversary of the death of Saint Columbanus.

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    Pentecost and the World Cup

    As the World Cup begins and with the feast of Pentecost still fresh in our hearts and minds, Fr. Tom O’Reilly compares the heightened interest among supporters in the fortunes of their country to the first Pentecost.

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    Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church

    Brian Davies, Birmingham J&P writes: The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium, Nov.2013) is presented as an ‘Apostolic Exhortation’ arising from the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation.

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    Building True Communion in 2014

    Fr. Tom O’Reilly, Regional Director of the Columbans in Britain, welcomes the arrival of the New Year and invites all to join in building true communion

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    Invitation to Pray for the Church in China

    One of the legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his plea to Catholics throughout the world to pray for the Chinese Church, especially on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians on May 24th.

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    Rediscover the Heart of Faith – Service

    When he bent down on his knees in the youth detention jail in Rome on Holy Thursday, washed and kissed the feet of the juvenile prisoners and also a mother and child and a Muslim, Pope Francis sent a message to Catholic Church leaders

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    Hope Restored

    The editor of the Far East magazine, Cyril Lovett, reflects on Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples on the ‘road to Emmaus’.