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May - June 2016

Reflections - Everyday Faith

Some days when it feels that God is far from us we may begin to harbour a real doubt: is there a God at all? Am I fooling myself giving time day after day to pray and nothing seems to happen? Others who don’t believe at all do well, are happy and live life to the full. Not only that, everything seems to come their way whereas I can be beset with troubles of one kind or another. “How is it,” a woman asked at a prayer meeting, “that though I really believe in God and pray to him every day my family is coming apart? And my neighbour, who never puts a foot inside the church has everything going for her?”

My 40 Years in Latin America

Columban Fr Donald Hornsey has spent over 40 years of priestly life in Latin America, working in all three countries where the Columbans have or had a mission. He spoke with the Far East magazine.


Impact of Meat on Humans and the Global Environment

By Fr Seán McDonagh

In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that “our sister (planet earth) now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will” (No. 2). Shortly after, he tells us that he ...” would like to enter into dialogue with all the people of our common home” in order to determine what needs to be done. The Pope is aware that this will call for serious sacrifices which amount to changing our modes of production and consumption and opting for an ecological conversion (No. 5).

Abuse at the Karaoke Bar

Columban Fr Peter O’Neill works with migrant workers, immigrants and victims of human trafficking at a centre run by the Diocese of Hsinchu, Taiwan. He shares with us the story of one of the victims he meets in his work.

Breaking the Bonds of Poverty

By Sr Young Mi Choi

My name Sr Young Mi Choi and I live and works in the parish of Cristo Liberador, one of twelve parishes which comprise the district of San Juan de Lurigancho in the eastern part of Lima, in the foothills of the Andes. It is the most densely populated district in all Latin America, with a population of over one million people. Most of the people who live there have come as migrants from other parts of Peru over the last 25 to 30 years.
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