The humiliation of the “Des Kaiser”

by Fr Ncamiso Vilakati

Theft is inherently evil. But comparing the self with the title “Des Kaiser” would not be an understatement. One of the greatest soccer players, Franz Anton Beckenbauer was a well-known elegant, dominant and industry leader, reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. Before I engaged myself on this journey to Rome, it wouldn’t be a lie if I were to share this was my feeling. At St Mary’s, I thought I was on top of things until the bishop said that I should come to study in Rome.

The waning power I possessed was cut off, and I was abruptly removed from my high-flying horse, and so great was the fall. Goliath himself would feel ashamed with this fall, for mine echoed towards the end of the corners of the earth. My gnashing teeth were not spared at the fall. I was at my lowest ebb, at the beginning of September 2017. The food was terrible, if the word hopeless were to be added I would concur with those, as for the language, five minutes were enough to doze off to Lala Land. Continue reading “The humiliation of the “Des Kaiser””

EMY – February: Praying for children

Topic for February: Children
Saint to contemplate: St Philomena (291 AD- 304 AD)

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” 1 Cor 6:19-20

Little is known about the life of St. Philomena. However, it is believed she was a Greek princess who became a virgin martyr and died at the age of 13. She was the daughter of a Greek king who converted to Christianity. When Philomena was 13-years-old, she took a vow of consecrated virginity. After her father took his family to Rome to make peace, Emperor Diocletian fell in love with Philomena. When she refused to marry him, she was subjected to torture. Continue reading “EMY – February: Praying for children”

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

by Fr D. Mazibuko OSM

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1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4
2nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18
Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord to the Temple. It is a Feast in which we recall the day Jesus was presented to the Temple in fulfilment of the Law of Moses. The earthly parents of Jesus observe the Law. This was an important day for both the parents and the child. This is a Feast that draws the family together. We see both parents bringing the baby Jesus. They are both present in the initial formative moments in the life of Jesus. His presentation to the Temple is also an occasion for Jesus to meet the people he has come for. And so this Feast is not just about Jesus being presented to the Temple, it is our Feast too for today Jesus is presented to us. Continue reading “Feast of the Presentation of the Lord”

Sunday of the Word of God

by Fr Dumisani Vilakati

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On the 26th January 2020, being the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, occurs the first celebrations of the Sunday of the Word of God as decreed by Pope Francis on the 30th September 2019, the liturgical memorial of St. Jerome and the 1600th anniversary of his death.

In the Apostolic Letter Aperuit Illis in which the Holy Father declared this Sunday as such, mention is made of two matters that need to be in the minds of all Christians as we ponder on the Word of God:

  1. Giving ourselves a moment to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that dialogue between the Lord and his people as contained in Sacred Scripture.
  2. Allowing the Lord to once again open for us the treasury of his Word and enable us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.

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