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Altar Shifted...

  06:15:32 pm, by Castilino   , 317 words  

For the past few days the two of us here in the Seminary, due to the absence of any Priests here, have been attending Mass in the Parish Church. Not that there is a big attendance there everyday. All together we are just less than a dozen (including the Priest himself)! One of the regular participants is a small boy. He would be about 9 or 10. Added to that he is not really normal. But that said, he is very very lively. His eyes are so bright and one can evidently read his heart and mind from his mere looks. He usually sits right before the altar on the men's side. But those whom he comes with are all girls and they are on the other side of the aisle. Thus invariably his attention is divided between the altar and the other side.

Today there was a group which joined the Mass - a new group of families. I've never seen them here before... must have come for a pilgrimage. Among them were two blind men, being led about by two teenagers. This particular boy whom I mentioned earlier, today had more to watch than the Mass. Most of the time he was watching all around the congregation with a gaping mouth and being seated right before the altar, one could not but avoid looking at him. Looking at him, his expressions and his dancing eyes, I could clearly 'see' what was going on behind me.

When I started to write these few lines I wanted to write how distracted the boy was, because there was something more interesting than the Mass going on. That what was going on at the altar, he 'knew'. What was happening around, was something new, interesting and different. But now as I conclude, I realise, how distracted I was... instead of concentrating on the Mass, I was gladly 'distracted' by the boy!

Cultura missionaria - AFRICA 2012 (por)

  09:35:14 pm, by Klement   , 1541 words  

Pergunta a os 95 participantes de Visita de conjunto - Regiao Africa 2012
Nairobi, Kenya - 25 fevrero 2012

Os elementos-chave que possam promover e fortalecer a cultura missionária na vossa Província?

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You be Jesus

  07:07:49 pm, by Castilino   , 74 words  

Here's something I read today and couldn't stop laughing since...
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson..
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.' Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, 'Ryan, you be Jesus!'

Missionary culture - AFRICA 2012

  04:02:08 am, by Klement   , 1337 words  

FRUITS OF THE AFRICA REGION TEAM VISIT WORKSHOP - asking the 95 Salesians from 12 African provinces:

What are the main elements that could foster and strengthen a missionary culture in your Province?

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Being shepherds and sheep

  06:51:32 pm, by Castilino   , 171 words  

Fr Dominic Savio, in his sermon this morning, speaking on the gospel passage of the Good Shepherd, listed the qualities of a shepherd. Prior to that he was clear in stating that each one of us is a shepherd in his or her own right. Elaborating the characteristics of a shepherd, he said that a shepherd ought to love his/her sheep, keep an eye on the sheep and if necessary risk his/her own life for the sheep.

So far so good. What I did not really find myself agreeing to was what he concluded with: the sheep, he said, has only one duty - to listen to the voice of its master. Well, not that I have a problem with that quality. It is only that the whole responsibility of the sheep is on the shepherd! That for me is unnecessarily adding to God's already hectic schedule. We too ought to take an equal - if not, more - responsibility for ourselves rather than merely dump everything on God.

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