- The Contents
- Regular Sections
- About us
- Misyon Forum
|Missionary Sisters of St Columban|
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. ~ GANDHI ~
Don’t Release Balloons
Balloons that land into the sea have caused the death of sperm whales and sea turtles. Balloons are confused as jellyfish by whales and when swallowed, caused blockages in the digestive system of the whale. Marine scientists have recorded cases of sea turtles which died after swallowing partly deflated balloons.
Here’s what you can do. Do not release balloons into the air. Balloons can travel hundreds of kilometers before finally landing on water. If you attend an event where balloons are released, write to the organizers and inform them of the potential hazards.
The Power of Hugging
When you are hugged, your body releases endorphins, which are chemicals that are released when your body feels great. Endorphins increase your resistance to disease and help diminish pain. Never underestimate the power of hugging, even if the other person does not seem to show its beneficial effects.
‘Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.’
~ Blessed Mother Teresa ~
World Day of Peace
IF YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE PEACE, PROTECT CREATION
This is the theme of the message of Pope Benedict XVI for World Day of Peace, 1 January 2010. Here is the opening paragraph.
At the beginning of this New Year, I wish to offer heartfelt greetings of peace to all Christian communities, international leaders, and people of good will throughout the world. For this XLIII World Day of Peace I have chosen the theme: If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation. Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because “creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works”, and its preservation has now become essential for the pacific coexistence of mankind. Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and to authentic and integral human development – wars, international and regional conflicts, acts of terrorism, and violations of human rights. Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect – if not downright misuse – of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying."