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During my first year in the seminary, there was an emphasis on learning to relate deeply with oneself, with others, and with God. While there was some academic study, there was no written assignment. Instead, there were opportunities to reflect on personal habits, engage in group reflection exercises, and practice different forms of prayer. I learned that prayer is a way to grow in relationship with God, and that my way of relating with God mirrors my way of relating with others. By the end of that year, I felt that I had gained a deep understanding of prayer.

During my second year, while prayer remained important, there was a greater emphasis on academic studies. Furthermore, I became involved in various activities, especially college theater. As the year progressed, however, it became difficult to balance the various demands on my time and energy....
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Columban News
July 16, 2015
A Coming of Age Ceremony


“Coming of Age Day” is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on the second Monday of January. Until 2000 it was set for January 15, but the “Happy Monday System” for national holidays changed the date. This celebration of adulthood at age 20 comes from a custom...
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July 16, 2015
Weekly Prayer – July 16, 2015


The world is diverse with many religions and cultures. Difference does not warrant hate. Find tolerance for people and cultures different from your own.

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June 16, 2015
My Grandfather


I am my father’s father’s grandson and because of him and his lifestyle I am what I am and where I am today. It all goes to prove that you can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear if God is doing the sewing. My grandfather, Owen Brooder, lived in the west of Ireland in the village where I first saw the light of day and bawled.

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