One of our fathers passes on

The late Father Mjengu (L) with Father Wanda (R)

by Maduduza Zwane

The St Joseph’s Sodality in the Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland is deeply saddened by the news of the passing-on to Eternal life of Father Vitus Mjengu. A beautiful soul, full of love and fatih, ascended to Heaven on the morning of the 6th November 2018. Nothing is more painful in life as the separation of a jewel. Fr. V. Mjengu turned his every thought into purposeful action in his own life that was dedicated totally to the service of God. He was the Lord’s willing instrument who had the strength and zealous commitment to carry out his vocation as a priest, embracing the cross of pain, failure and disrepute unreservedly in the knowledge that he would succeed in establishing families that were firmly rooted in true faith and totally dedicated to doing God’s will. Continue reading “One of our fathers passes on”

WFS – Launching the year of the Social Catholic Teaching

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by Bp Jose Luis

Last November 2018 I launched a three-year program in our diocese. I called it: WFS. It stands for Word Faith and Social. I felt there was not much creativity in the name but at least it would give a clear idea of what I had in mind.

As I shared in the blog at that time (link) being installed as Bishop of Manzini, I shared on three things Catholics should be recognised for:

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Reflection for the thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B

by Fr Sandile Mswane

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Like always, scripture reminds us of that which we do not want to do. It tells us that which we do not want to hear. We want to go to heaven yet we do not want to travel on the right path to heaven. We want to take our own whereas that one leads to destruction.

Looking at this Sunday’s readings, they reminded me of the conversation between Jesus and the rich young man. When Jesus told the rich young man to go sell what he possessed and to give to the poor and by so doing he will have his treasure in heaven. Surprisingly, instead of accepting the words of our Lord with joy, for this man also wanted to go to heaven, in contrary “when the young rich man heard this he went away sorrowful” (Mt. 19:21-22). Continue reading “Reflection for the thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B”

Reflection on the Solemnity of All the Saints, year B

By Fr Sandile Mswane

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Watching one religious programme on the television one evening, I noted the preacher referring to his congregation as saints. A bit puzzled at first as a Catholic but immediately I comprehended that the preacher was imitating St. Paul in the scriptures who referred to Christians as saints. A Catholic, in his or her mind, might ask the question why did Paul refer to living Christians as saints because according to the Catholic teachings it is not like that. In answering that question maybe we can first look at the etymology of the word Saint. It comes from the Greek word hagios which means dedicated or consecrated to God, holy, sacred, pure, pious. Continue reading “Reflection on the Solemnity of All the Saints, year B”