Creation time – week 5

The celebration of the time of creation, which has its origin in the Orthodox tradition, was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. The texts of the last week show that our commitment to preserving creation for future generations is part of our vocation to pray, think, live and act like Jesus.

 

Theme of week 5 :

Pass on the invitation to follow Jesus

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Creation Time – week 4

The celebration of the time of creation, which has its origin in the Orthodox tradition, was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. In the fourth week, let us remember that we are not masters, but servants of our contemporaries and of creation.

 

Theme of week 4 :

Sharing the joy of service

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Creation Time, week 3

The celebration of Creation Time, which originated in the Orthodox tradition, was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. In the third week, we reflect on creation as a sign of God’s infinite wisdom. We are invited to recognize this wisdom, to internalize it and transmit it to others.

Theme of week 3 :

Transmitting the gift of wisdom

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Transition Session Opening Mass – Rome September 2018

This homily was delivered by Francis Barnes, First Assistant General, at the opening of the Transition Session in Rome on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Dive into the depths. This is certainly the call of religious life; to go to the depths; to go into the unmarked waters of life. The problem is that we prefer the shallow waters of our proven methods of doing, we prefer the shallow waters of our doctrine and the laws where we are safe, we prefer to stay on the shore with our fears and feelings of apprehension. We all know that when it comes to jumping into the unknown, we are afraid and moving to deeper waters for sure does not excite us. Continue reading “Transition Session Opening Mass – Rome September 2018”

Creation Time 2018, week 1

The celebration of creation time has its origin in the Orthodox tradition. It was taken up by the World Council of Churches and recommended to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. From September 1st until the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th, Christians thank for the gift of creation and reflect on how they can protect it and pass it on to future generations.

Please find here the Biblical and Liturgical text put together by Wolfgang Schonecke  (Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland)

The resurrection, to let all the violence die away!

How confusing is He, this Son of God, who did not want to convince his “adversaries of the day before” by rising before them! Confusing that Jesus who does not even exploit his power! The Holy Days teach us that the Passion is a mystery, the mystery of a God who becomes incarnated in the world as it is, a world of violence and weakness, of which eventually he becomes a victim. The resurrection of Jesus on Easter morning remains a sign of the same mystery: His power will be immense but always fragile, open to rejection, open to unbelief.

In several countries of the West African subregion, we have just have had to face again violence and to experience attacks which created a great discomfort, without counting the victims, the hundreds of wounded people who had to be attended to. The material damage is huge, but even more so the trauma caused by these deadly operations. Violence is no longer only experienced elsewhere, it has now invited itself to our own home too, throughout the Sahelo-Saharan strip. Explanations are being given, more or less convincing, photos are posted, encouragement is lavished … But the question remains: what do we do, each one at our own level, to uproot this evil, to fight it out with determination? How do we bring some fresh air into this deleterious climate that gangreans the whole society? Each one of us has his / her share of responsibility and no one could ever say: I have nothing to do with it! Whenever I refuse to love in truth, whenever I do not involve myself thoroughly in the fight for more justice and peace, I share a responsibility for violence!

By his death on the cross, Jesus puts an end to all death, he is the Resurrection and the Life … “I have come so that human beings may have life and that they may have it in abundance” (John 10,10) . To conform our life to His life is to make ours that very simple message. Such is the “violence of the resurrection”, the folly of the cross will write Paul: it is given to us, entrusted, placed within our reach. The resurrection is a song: God composes the melody, we are the musical score.

Christ has suffered violence without retaliating, while fighting against injustices. Evangelical non-violence excludes neither conflict nor “holy wrath”, yet never undermines life. “You have heard that it has been said,” An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth “(Ex 21, 24). Well! I tell you not to stand up to the wicked; on the contrary, if anyone gives you a blow on the right cheek, stretch the other cheek too; if he takes you to court and wants to take your tunic, give him also your coat; if he requires you to run with him for a mile race, run for two miles with him. To the one who asks, give; whoever wants to borrow from you, do not turn your back “(Mt 5: 38-42). Here is the nonviolent injunction of Jesus in the Gospels. It is rather radical and for some people not very credible indeed.

Evangelical non-violence is unfolding at the heart of the conflicts, argued recently Father Mellon, a moralist Jesuit. In his diatribes against the scribes and the merchants of the Temple, Jesus does not hesitate to face his enemies with vigor, specifies the Jesuit. He never said, “Do not have enemies,” but rather, “Love your enemies”, which presupposes that we have enemies in the first place. And by inviting “to stretch the other cheek”, “Jesus invites us to leave the proliferating logic of violence”.

A non-violent action is neither naive nor passive. On the contrary, it acts for justice in an efficient way, and requires the commitment of everyone: non-violence presupposes a much greater solidarity between people. Among the three “Lenten invitations” made to us every year, solidarity must be taken seriously. As we have just experienced these times of turmoil in our countries of the sub-region, may we, like Jesus, silence all violence, offering our solidarity to those around us who suffer, who have wounded or even dead relatives among them.

Our best wishes, on the occasion of this feast of Easter, are summed up in the request of the “Our Father” … let us not enter into temptation … in the temptation of violence! Make of each one of us a peacemaker.

Happy and Holy feast of Easter 2018 to everyone and to all your communities.

(Editorial of the Baobab nr 29, Newsletter of PAO – translation Webmaster and Google … please excuse the approximations).

Father Luc Kola, Provincial PAO 
and Father Delphin Nyembo Mabaka, Ass. Provincial PAO

Lenten Way of the Cross 2018

Here is a Way of the Cross prepared by the JPIC coordinators of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and the Missionaries of Africa for Lent 2018.

You can use it individually for your own meditation and at your own pace. By default, the slides change every minute, but you can obviously force the progress.

You must be connected to the Internet to view this slideshow. However, if you want to use it in community M.Afr. or parish, you can download the PDF version here.