ADVENT: Stay Awake!

Brad Rozairo, OMI – 

Last Sunday (Nov.27, 2022) the Catholic Church entered the Advent season. This means that the day of waiting for Christmas has begun.

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‘Let go’ – not easy, but necessary

Brad Rozairo, OMI – In the year 2008, I followed a six-month psycho-spiritual renewal program, known as the ‘Sabbatical Pilgrimage’ in the Philippines. The focus of the program was mainly on the inner journey of life. There were inputs that helped me evaluate the different stages of my life and see how I have grown as an adult.

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Oblate Toyohashi Mission ~ in the eyes of the Delegation Superior

Brad Rozairo, OMI – Among the five mission parishes that are being taken care of by the Oblates in Japan, Toyohashi – a peaceful riverside town in central Japan, is one of them.

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Is God really Silent?

Jerry Novotny OMI – Ukrainian authorities say over 400 hundred children have been killed and many more injured since the start of Russia’s invasion nearly eight months ago. Among the many victims of the deadliest conflict since World War II are these small children for whom life has just begun.

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Ukraine: Missionary priests hoping to open healing centre in Kyiv

As the war in Ukraine grinds on toward its 9th month, Fr. Pavlo Vyshkovskyi, OMI, says people are increasingly traumatized and in need of both psychological and spiritual assistance.

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World Mission Day

Brad Rozairo, OMI – Every year on the third Sunday of October we celebrate World Mission Sunday. At mass that Sunday, as Catholics we recommit ourselves to our common vocation through Baptism to be missionaries through participation in the Eucharist, prayer and by making a monitory contribution to support the evangelizing work of the church in the missions. 

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From the Saharan desert to Rome: New OMI Superior General

“Poor people can teach us about hope and life. So, we must work with poor people, with lay people, with indigenous peoples, bringing new life to the Congregation. For me, this means bringing holiness to the Congregation, and the best way to do that is to be a missionary, to be a saint.” – Fr. Luis Ignacio Rois Alonso, OMI,

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Message of the Holy Father Francis for the 108th World Day of Migrants

“Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” (Heb 13:14)

Dear brothers and sisters!

The ultimate meaning of our “journey” in this world is the search for our true homeland, the Kingdom of God inaugurated by Jesus Christ, which will find its full realization when he comes in glory. His Kingdom has not yet been brought to fulfilment, though it is already present in those who have accepted the salvation he offers us. “God’s Kingdom is in us. Even though it is still eschatological, in the future of the world and of humanity, at the same time it is found in us.” [1]

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Message of the Holy Father Francis for the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Dear brothers and sisters!

“Listen to the voice of creation” is the theme and invitation of this year’s Season of Creation. The ecumenical phase begins on 1 September with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and concludes on 4 October with the feast of Saint Francis. It is a special time for all Christians to pray and work together to care for our common home. Originally inspired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, this Season is an opportunity to cultivate our “ecological conversion”, a conversion encouraged by Saint John Paul II as a response to the “ecological catastrophe” predicted by Saint Paul VI back in 1970.[1]

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War Against Children: World’s First “Synthetic Embryo” – ‘homo sapiens’ next? (Part 12)

(This article is part of an ongoing series showing different adult obsessions in waging “War Against Children” by Fr. Jerry.)

Jerome Novotny OMI – When we look at the state of the world today, it is easy to get discouraged and depressed. In all areas of our life as a society – whether it is the economy, the corona pandemic, world politics or the war on children – things are not good and in general appear to be getting worse, like the senseless attacks in Ukraine by Putin and his gestapo army. I think that most people will admit that our world is more divided now than ever before. The real value and dignity of human life has been placed on the slippery slope of destruction while science and technology are introducing a false world of hope, not to mention big business which rakes in money from these corrupt avenues of life. Just recently, we learned that Israeli scientists have created the world’s first “synthetic embryos”. This time the attack by adults focuses on pre-born children at the very beginning of their lives, ie. “synthetic embryos” grown outside of the womb without the natural process of sperm, egg and fertilization. The slippery slope of science continues.

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Remembering Hiroshima

Brad Rozairo OMI — The “Ten Days for Peace” is the annual period of prayer held by the Church in Japan from August 6 to 15, to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This was established by the Japanese Bishops in 1982, following Pope John Paul II’s “Appeal for Peace at Hiroshima” (25 February 1981) during his Apostolic Journey to Japan, in which he emphasized that “remembering the past is engaging for the future”. 

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2022 Ten Days of Prayer for Peace – ‘Peace is possible; peace is a duty’

A Message from the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan

This is a year in which peace has been violently trampled. The dignity of life is neglected and its protection has been shoved aside. We will enter our Ten Days of Prayer for Peace this year in the midst of a new crisis for life.

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