Columbans are challenged to respond as a small prophetic community to the call of mission within the context of globalization. We are sent to give witness to the truth that liberates and to question the claims to validity of those caricatures of the human good which are molded by the priorities of consumerism. We see that in this system hundreds of millions of people simply have no place. We are urged to unmask the idolatrous nature of an economic model, which tends to reduce all values, even that of human life itself, to market values. Within this system even life forms which have always been seen as a gift in the care of the human race are now being monopolized and patented.