Encounters

Finding God…

  “We find God is already with us even in the mess and mayhem of our life.  We find him in the  disappointments, in the failures, in the weariness of the day’s work, in the pain as well as in the joy and   peace we know.”                         ...

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Forgive and Find Freedom

“They are not saying the injustice done is all right; it is not, they know it is wrong.  But by refusing to be caught in a cycle of bitterness, they have let go and forgiven.  They are free.”             The story is told of a good and prayerful woman who claimed to have had a...

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Thank You To Our Columban Associates in Hong Kong

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  Two years ago I had to break the news to our associates (Friends of St. Columban) that the Columban Sisters would gradually be withdrawing from Hong Kong They had invited me to join them after their retreat, when they would be electing their new leadership team. As I walked through the gate of the...

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Columban Sisters Newsletter- Spring 2017

  This is a story that Sr. Joan McDermott sent me about two women from Sindh Province, Pakistan.  They are Shamshad and Shumila – a mother and daughter.  The story reflects a reality in the culture of that country, namely, the custom of arranged marriages, and the lack of educational opportunities for women. He would...

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In the Highlands of Peru

SR ELIZABETH DOYLE shares a memory of her time working in Latin America… All our plans were upset when the plane failed to arrive from Lima.  Three days before, we, the Special Catechetical Team, had flown up to Ayacucho to give a short course to teachers of Special Education working in the area. We were...

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Spare a Thought this Christmas

“Jesus, Mary And Joseph Were certainly Homeless on That Holy Night.”   Walking through Dublin city centre in the month of December one could easily fool oneself into thinking that this is a wonderland where any expectation can be fulfilled.  The multi-coloured streetlights are blinking and flashing.  The vendors are shouting their wares.  The atmosphere...

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It Is Great To Be Here

If one is open enough to the daily surprises of life, one will surely find life full of challenges and risks. That is what I have been experiencing in my journey for two years in Midsalip with the Subaanen people. It is a journey that has led me to a deeper understanding of the behavior...

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Helen’s Story

If life is a play, play your role. If life is a treasure, get your share. If life is a puzzle, act in the living present. If life is a dream, hold fast to your dream. If life is a battle, fight with all your might. If life is a journey, travel till the end....

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Beauty in Suffering…

  Childhood is a very special time and space for everyone. When one is young the whole world is like a playground where one can explore freely and with wonderment everything that one sees, hears and touches. There is so much innocence in a child’s heart, the exploration and discovery is filled with joy and...

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Promoter of Dignity

I first met Andrea Garcia 9 years ago when she took part in one of our training courses for Promoters of Non-violence. Now, she not only helps others to become aware of their dignity and human rights but is also general co-ordinator of the government ‘Glass- of milk nutrition Programme’ in her Zone. A committed...

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