Poor Salesians for the poor Youth (1) No electricity

Poor Salesians for the poor Youth (1) No electricity


Thanks be to God for the new Rector Major coming from Buenos Aires and for his Vicar, experienced General Councilor for formation. Two happy days with a strong feeling of the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 Yes, the elections of the 14 general councilors is going on, BUT the main underlining issue of this GC27 - about WITNESS to the RADICAL APPROACH to the GOSPEL - is still an open questions. We need very badly the help of the Holy Spirit - to be his instruments, as daily reminded by Fr. Jose Cristo Rey Garcia Paredes, Claretian!

Just one point about the 'main' commodity of the rich part of the world - electric power! Indeed to be spoilt of some basic comodities is a part of an ordinary poor life in many parts of the world!

Electricity has become so normal in our everyday living that when it goes out we can become iritated, at least I do anyhow.

I can’t read in the dark, cook in the dark, or even find my way to the bathroom.

I can’t even find my candles. So I sit there waiting, praying, “God, please put the electricity back on so I can do something, anything.”

Without electricity I am faced with a serious problem:

life without things to entertain me.

I don’t have my phone charged so I can’t play games.

I can’t read my books. I can’t use the internet.

What do I do now? This is a problem I often faced overseas.

I did learn some things when the power was out though, especially about myself. In many visited African, American or Asian 'mission lands' it's a daily challenge:

Life without electricity is teaching us:

1.   I don’t need electricity to live.

2.   I don’t need ‘stuff’ to entertain me.

3.   I am not entitled to electricity. It’s not a human rights issue.

4.   I let things like the power going out affect me too much.

5.   I can always pray more.

Indeed the 'most prayerful communities are in the Papua New Guinea jungleOR in other electricity-free missions...


What have power out (black out)s taught you?

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