I begin most days with the celebration of Mass in our community chapel. There I join Fr. Richard Steinhilber and several local people in dedicating each day to the Lord and asking His blessing upon Columban mission and all those who participate in it around the world. Afterwards, the jovial banter of Fr. Dick (as he is affectionately known) with members of the congregation serves as a reminder of the joy that flows from a long life of service to the Lord. Despite turning eightyeight years of age recently, he continues to help daily in our mission office.
A highlight of my days is reading the letters and cards that come from supporters and friends of Columban mission. There is always a variety of messages from every part of the country.
Many are requests for prayers for the sender or a loved one. Some recount stories of faith and love through the ups and downs of family life.
This Lenten Season, let me be not mindful of the meagerness of the offerings that I can give, but rather immersed in the grace of His ultimate sacrifice. Let His sacrifice characterize my life in a way that transcends
Weekly Prayer February 19
In Wuhan in central China, as mid-March approaches one can sense a vivid expectation that winter will soon be over and with it the biting cold weather which is a feature of the city. And as spring sets in there is an even more palpable sense of expectation among the people...
I had the chance to watch a stage play in Birmingham Repertory Theater entitled “Refugee Boy.” It was the story of a 14-year-old boy born of an Ethiopian father and Eritrean mother whose father made a heartbreaking decision to leave him in London because of a violent civil war back home...