Lenten meditation 2019 – week 4

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

Week 4 : The heart of mission: the encounter with Jesus Christ

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 3

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Week 3 : The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Resources

“African” Way of the Cross 2019

Here is an “African” Way of the Cross – very beautiful and prayerful – proposed by our confrere Manu Quertemont. This is a PowerPoint presentation recorded in MP4 video format. The Way of the Cross was created by painter Charles Ndege for the parish church of Nyakato, in the diocese of Mwanza, in northern Tanzania. The Way of the Cross is skillfully updated with contemporary themes of suffering and liberation, and given the legislation on Copyright and Digital Data Protection, it is impossible to put this video on YouTube, or even to offer it to everyone on our website. Hence the restriction of this post.

You can view it here on a purely personal basis :

… and download it from here :

https://1drv.ms/v/s!ArWERpqiNo6QmgOnarCCfaoFqVKh (85,6 Mo)

 

Lent 2019 – Way of the Cross

The Lenten Way of the Cross was prepared by the JPIC-ED Coordination of the Missionaries of Africa (Rome, 2019).

The texts for reflection are drawn from the apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate”. The images of the Way of the Cross, a work by the artist Amblé Sonaglia, come from the Church of St Polycarp in Rome. The stations are made with nails… which connect us, unite us, even more so with Jesus crucified.

To pray the Way of the Cross personally, or to evaluate its content, please click on the square halfway down the bottom bar of the “Google Slides” presentation below, to view the presentation in full screen. By default, slides switch from one to the other every minute, but you can force a slide through or back by manipulating the arrows to the left of the bottom bar. And to exit the full screen presentation, press ESC.

 

 

Below, you can download three PDF documents:

Simply print the first document on both sides on “A4 landscape” paper to form a 16-page A5 notebook (4 A4 sheets).

You can also download another PDF document with photos of the 15 stations of the Way of the Cross, ready to be projected.

The third document is the stations, page by page, like those in the “Google Slides” presentation above.

Lenten meditation 2019 – week 2

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

Week 2: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – Papal documents

Lenten meditations 2019 – week 1

The German branch of AEFJN – Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland – has prepared a series of meditations in preparation for the “Extraordinary Month on Mission” that Pope Francis has announced for next October. Here is the introductory text. Every Monday of Lent, the following meditation will be posted.

“With the Lenten impulses we want to invite you to enter into a personal and communal reflection on the different dimensions of the mission of the Church:

  1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in personal and communal prayer.
  2. Testimony: the witness of missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church throughout the world.
  3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, and theological.
  4. Missionary charity: The witness of selfless love and of lived solidarity with the poor and the suffering to make God’s love for all people visible.

Week 1: The Extraordinary Missionary Month 2019 – An overview

UISG Campaign for the climate

A project in which every Sister whose congregation
is a member of UISG, and their connections are
provided with an opportunity to make a
difference in our care of the planet.

This project is a collaborative effort of the JPIC Commission in the name of UISG and the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).

Pope Francis has underlined the fundamental connection that exists between the environmental crisis and the social crisis that we are experiencing and is asking for. He often reminds us “Everything is interconnected.”

Even if the project is addressed to all female congregations, male congregations may, should in fact, take an active interest in it.

Link to the website Sowing Hope for the Planet

International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking: 8 February 2019

On February 8, 2019 let’s turn on a light against trafficking of persons, to celebrate the 5th edition of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking whose theme this year is:

“Together against human trafficking.”

The first edition of the IDPT was celebrated on February 8, 2015, by the will of Pope Francis, who in 2014 entrusted the International Union of Superiors and Superiors General (UISG / USG) with promoting this day. In these years, gathering in prayer has facilitated collaborating and overcoming the boundaries within which we operate, dedicated to our projects that, although very important, could lead us to cut ourselves off from the others. The great tragedy of trafficking urges us to overcome every barrier to join forces and collaborate for the common good.

This requires us to coordinate our actions and unite our strengths.

“Together against human trafficking” is the invitation addressed to everyone, each according to their own possibilities.

Download here the text of the prayer vigil

Download the prayer card

Visit also the website of the prayer against human trafficking

 

Josephine Bakhita, the African Saint

Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a former Sudanese slave who became a saint, is still little known in the West, unlike in Africa. Telling her life is captivating, as her earthly journey is so unusual, almost romantic. Her youth is rich with uncommon events, but it is the period when she is religious that is the most important. Her rather long journey of 78 years testifies that this humble Daughter of Charity was a true witness of God’s love.

Read the whole story on the website of “Notre histoire avec Marie” (only in French).