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

by Fr Sandile Mswane

The pilgrim church here on earth awaits the second coming of its Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. For He has promised that He will come again (Mark 13: 26) to gather His faithful to Himself, take them to His Fathers kingdom. Without any doubt we know that Jesus will come back because God is always faithful to His word. What He says He will do He does it. He never breaks His promises. He is not like us as we never stick to what we have said. It is the goal of every Christian, to be in heaven (not in hell of course) with God as we have been promised that we shall see Him as He really is. The pilgrim church is moving very steadily but it is sure that it will reach where it is going. Some have reached as we also talk of the church in heaven our saints. Continue reading “Reflection for the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary time – Year B”

November 2018: In the Service of Peace

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Riot Police Watching the Protester in Thailand.

by Fr Chris Chatteris SJ

Pope’s Prayer Intention, November 2018.

In the Service of Peace. That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

This is an intention well-suited to the age of Twitter and other forms of social media. There seems to be evidence that these new technologies somehow encourage people to verbalise their coarser, less worthy thoughts, often with disastrous consequences for relationships. Maybe it’s because we haven’t got used to them yet. We haven’t developed ways to bite our tongues, as it were, when we are on our devices. Hence, the language of conflict can get out there more easily and be widely disseminated in viral fashion. Careers can end; people can self-destruct; relationships can collapse because of a few words which are harsh or vulgar or racist and which were tweeted in a moment of loss of self-control. Continue reading “November 2018: In the Service of Peace”

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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