As a newly ordained priest in Japan I lived in a parish with a Columban colleague who was the pastor. On weekdays I attended language school, while at weekends I helped out in small ways with various parish activities. Major limitations in listening and speaking Japanese meant that I could not celebrate Mass in public, participate in meetings, or lead catechetical programs. Indeed, I frequently experienced communication problems in everyday conversation.
My evenings were usually spent, therefore, learning new vocabulary, listening to audio cassettes and practicing writing a different script. However, from time to time the pastor would knock on my bedroom door to ask me to assist with something or other that he himself could not do because of other commitments.
On a number of occasions his request to me was to meet with someone who had walked in off the street and wanted to consult with a priest about a personal or family problem...
In the Children’s Center in Lima, Peru, just as in St. Bernadette’s Home and School, we assume that children and adolescents are before all else human beings, and as such have rights. We understand that these rights are accompanied with duties and responsibilities...
Like a Flower with Petals
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We thank you for uniting us with you
And with one another by filling us
Lord, bless us in our reflections and ideas:
No matter the doubts,
they are seeds seeking nourishment,
sunshine, life-giving water.