Leadership for the Africa we want

The World Economic Forum (WEF) report for 2014 identifies two critical leadership problems globally – the first is that there is a leadership deficit, and the second is that there is a lack of trust in policies and programs pursued by leaders. Good leadership will be crucial for enabling Africa to exploit the window of opportunity that has opened up in the past decade, notably its natural resource boom. However, … 

Read here about the program

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Concert at Our Lady of Africa in Algiers

Our confreres of Our Lady of Africa in Algiers invite us, once again, to taste the beauties they enjoy every now and then in their splendid Basilica. This time, it is a concert of Lyric Songs by the Musical Ensemble IRINI, which interprets “Songs of the Marial Cult of Mediterranea”, this songs are really popular and know by everyone, many people even sing it using professional karaoke systems that can be purchased online.

The remaining explanations are in French.

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God’s Plan for aging

Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His Wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God saw there was another need. In His Wisdom he made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.

Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older :

#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
#8 Life is sexually transmitted.
#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.

#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
#3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
#2 In the 60’s, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow.

Please share this wisdom with others while I go to the bathroom.

Fighting the Colour Thieves! (PE 1077)

I remember a clever TV advertisement for a particular type of film, which described itself as a colour thief. This advertisement presented the taking of photographs as a new type of terrorism because just by a click, the time to take a photograph, the person photographed was reduced to a black and white image. The disastrous effect on the morale of the victims was at the same time the guarantee of the efficiency of the product used! Continue reading “Fighting the Colour Thieves! (PE 1077)”

We are called to be : “ Men of prayer” (PE 1077)

Since the foundation of our Society, Spirituality has always taken first priority in all its chapters. The last chapter of 2016 was not an exception. It is definitely due to its value and importance in guiding our missionary and Christian identity. We are called to be men of prayer! Through personal and community prayer, spirituality takes a concrete form. I believe it is in these two aspects of spirituality that we exercise the encounter with Jesus and live a gospel inspired life. Continue reading “We are called to be : “ Men of prayer” (PE 1077)”

Jesus is the heart of Spirituality (PE 1077)

Spirituality is a fundamental aspect of our identity as missionaries. We hold dear to the heritage of Ignatian spirituality which has been handed down to us from the very beginning of our Society yet there are various spiritualties from which we can draw and learn from. Even from outside Christianity there are spiritualities that are infused with wisdom and insight for the journey. For ourselves though it is, for the most part, in the pluriform possibilities of Catholic spirituality that we find both old and new ways of living more intensely in the Spirit, more intensely the Gospel filled life we are called to live. Continue reading “Jesus is the heart of Spirituality (PE 1077)”

A young Marocco woman sings Stromae in Arabic…

… et c’est FORMIDABLE ! (It is “Wonderful” = the title of the Song in French)

Paul Van Haver (born 12 March 1985, Brussels), better known by his stage name Stromae, is a Belgian musician, singer, rapper and songwriter. Stromae was born to a Rwandan father, Pierre Rutare, and a Belgian mother, Miranda Marie Van Haver. He is originally from Laeken, in Brussels. He established himself in both the hip hop and electronic music genres. Stromae came to wide public attention in 2009…

Read about him for example here !