News stories relating to Our Spirituality
13th May 2013
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.
30th April 2013
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
18th February 2012
The following Lent Reflection comes from the Columban Director in Britain, Tom O’Reilly SSC. Ideas for Reflection and Action during Lent are given at the end.
23rd December 2011
The truly amazing thing about the birth of Jesus Christ, called the Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Son of God, Saviour, Teacher, Rabbi, Master, healer, as he is named throughout the gospels, is that he never claimed those titles for himself other than the simplest thing of all, “Son of Man” which means “ordinary human being”. He used it 70 times of himself as written in all the four gospels.
21st December 2011
The child of the fisherman was clutching her pink doll on Christmas day. We looked at each other across the estuary. The waters divided us. I was a stranger new to the country. Her look was one of loss and of being, forlorn.
15th December 2011
For the past ten years I have been working in a livelihood project with a group of Subanen artisans. Every year we design Christmas cards that simultaneously celebrate the story of God’s Creation and the story of God’s Incarnation. This year the Subanen artisans are carefully crafting images of Jesus in the manger within five ever-expanding settings from the tiny stable in Bethlehem to the vast heart of our spiraling Galaxy. While they craft cards, I have the task of crafting a reflection – with a lot of help from St Francis – about the meaning of their cards.
2nd December 2011
The big question that can be asked about Christmas is… has it failed? Two thousand years after the birth of the boy from Nazareth, who grew up as the son of a village carpenter, turned spiritual revolution, his heart turning message of universal rights, peace and justice has seemingly been rejected, ignored or compromised.
27th October 2011
During the month of November, the Columban community places lists of the dead before the Altar in our chapel and are remembered during our Masses.