Friday, April 18, 2008

Looking From Above!!

Just the other day i was looking at Google Earth and here is what our Novitiate looks from above!! The satellite picture is a couple of years old and probably was taken in the dry season. Things are not that bad when the rains are here!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Springs of water in the desert!!!

In an email in the not too distant past i was sent a reflection by a good friend of mine in Cape Town. She has been so faithful in sending me reflections every month even though i have been very tardy in my response. Little does she know how her reflections bring life in arid lands allowing springs of water to flow!!

I share below a poem by Joyce Rupp that was part of the reflection.

Good Shepherd, who finds the lost one,
the "me" I have known has disappeared.
Will I ever recover the person I have been?
Will I ever find and feel good about myself again?
Will i discover who I am, and who I am becoming?
Protect me in this great vulnerability.
Assure me that I will come home to myself
even though my “self” may be different.
Silence my impatience.
Calm my worry.
Restore my joy.
Solace my distress.
Help me to befriend my new self
with tender hope and welcoming love.

Searching for Oneself -- Joyce Rupp

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Compassion, Solidarity, Commitment

“I came that you may have life and have it to the full”
….. But many people in our world do not enjoy life to the full!

On the 16th of April, the novices of the three brother Congregations in Northern Ghana namely the Presentation Brothers, the Christian Brothers and the Brothers FIC came together for a day at the CB Novitiate for a workshop facilitated by Br Donal Leader cfc and Br Dennis Claivaz fpm.

Through Power Point presentations, inputs, discussions and role plays we were brought to an awareness of Edmund Rice International (ERI) which through compassion, solidarity and commitment upholds the rights of the child, the fundamental right to education for all, and eco justice.

As we listened and watched in us was awakened …
*the reality that as educators we are agents of social justice and as such should, through a rights based approach, strive to uphold and restore the dignity of the child.
*the awareness that promoting social justice is an essential element of Edmund Rice education
*the realization that we at the grassroots should speak out for justice and empower those without a voice to challenge oppressive structures and to initiate change.
*the fact that silence was not an option in the wake of injustice.
*that Human Rights is the foundation of freedom and that if we want peace we should work for justice.
*that “It is not sufficient to be with the poor, without also engaging in the struggle against poverty.”
*that we are called to move from mere acts of charity and good works to social action and advocacy; from charity to solidarity.
*that we share in God’s dream that all humanity is called to have life and have it to its fullness.

(Jackson, Julias, Casimir)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Easter Dinner

This post is a bit late in its posting but when we are at the mercy of erratic internet connection and occasional power cuts we might be excused!!
All our young men on community experience came together at the novitiate for dinner on Easter night. It was wonderful for all to gather together and share stories ... at times the level of noise made me wonder if it was Easter or Pentecost!! The Spiirt was definetly there!!
We began with a short prayer around the table and then moved in to our supper... sharing bread and wine, food and stories!!
It was truly a wonderful night and Eucharist was celebrated and lived!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Our Novitiate Community at Shekhinah

Salaam aleikuum!!!

Greetings from Paul, Phelix, Belden and Fredrick! We're privileged to have this opportunity to share our lived community experience with you. As we set out to live community we set as our vision:
-To strike a balance between Community Life, Prayer and Ministry.
-To make ministry one of our principal means of Evangelization.
-To initiate new/ extra ministry namely teaching the young pupils both in and around our premises.

To achieve the above mentioned vision is a struggle. We are striving towards achieving these goals by being together in Community, prayer, ministry and having time for one another. Theoretically, it is easy to say 'Community Life' but practically it is a daily struggle. As our Constitutions say, “It is in the daily living that the challenge of community life manifests itself.” Our zeal and enthusiasm as a Community enables us to know each other’s principles, attitudes, behaviors and character.

We integrate our activities as a Community by praying together and our prayer is always centered on our daily experience especially in ministry. This leads us to be in tune with the divine we encounter in the poor. “God is more readily found at the broken edges of our world”

Through Community, we affirm and challenge one another either at community meetings, meals, recreation, or in the sharing of our lived experiences. This is a growth towards living Community Life.

We strive to be in solidarity with the marginalised through the following ministries: Shekhinah out-reach services which include cooking and supplying food to the destitute and mentally challenged on the streets. Working in the Dispensary, helping out in the operation Theatre and, constant visits to the HIV/AIDS patients and those suffering from leprosy. Our own initiative has enabled us to have remedial classes for primary pupils from P1 to P6 in the afternoons and early evenings.

In conclusion, all these wonderful experiences lead us to encounter Christ in our daily life. Indeed Christ ministers to us through the marginalised. We believe we are striving to mirror the Discipleship of Jesus and Bl.Edmund through our lived experiences and our daily encounters.
May Jesus continue to live forever in our hearts.

How can i doubt the resurrection?

I was going to tell you my story
But waves of pain drowned my voice.
I tried to utter a word but my thoughts
Became fragile and shattered like glass.
Even the largest ship can capsize
In the stormy sea of love,
Let alone my feeble boat
Which shattered to pieces leaving me nothing
But a strip of wood to hold on to.
Small and helpless, rising to heaven
On one wave of love and falling with the next
I don’t even know if I am or I am not.
When I think I am, I find myself worthless,
When I think I am not, I find my value.
Like my thoughts, I die and rise again each day
So how can I doubt the resurrection?
Tired of hunting for love in this world,
At last I surrender in the valley of loveAnd become free.
“Rumi: Hidden Music”, translated by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin (2001, p98).