Our takeaway home from the vigil of the EMY launch

By Maduduza Zwane

According to St. Luke the evangelist, Jesus appointed 72 others. This means these 72 were in addition to the 12 apostles that had been sent by Jesus to the whole world to spread the God News.

Jesus always called people and sent them to preach by word of mouth and through good example.

As Catholics we are baptised, this means are with Jesus and have a relationship with the Lord. Once baptised we must bring light on earth. Jesus was the first apostle. We are also his apostles because we are his followers. As his followers we are sent. We are sent to share the Word of God. We are sent to be exemplary in our families, communities and the church. Continue reading “Our takeaway home from the vigil of the EMY launch”

EMY – November saint: St Therese

by “Extraordinary Missionary Year” Team

BAPTISED AND SENT

Topic for November: Vocations
Saint to contemplate: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (1873-1897)

At 15, she entered the Carmelite convent in Lisieux to give her whole life to God. Living a hidden, simple life of prayer, she was gifted with great intimacy with God. Through sickness and dark nights of doubt and fear, she remained faithful to God, rooted in His merciful love. Her last words were the story of her life: “My God, I love You!”

She described her life as a “little way of spiritual childhood.” She lived each day with an unshakable confidence in God’s love. “What matters in life,” she wrote, “is not great deeds, but great love.” Therese lived and taught a spirituality of attending to everyone and everything well and with love. She believed that just as a child becomes enamoured with what is before her, we should also have a childlike focus and totally attentive love. Therese’s spirituality is of doing the ordinary, with extraordinary love. Continue reading “EMY – November saint: St Therese”

Sts Peter & Paul launches the EMY

by Fr Francis Onyango

On Friday 18th October 2019, the Extraordinary Missionary Year October 2019 – October 2020 was officially launched in Manzini diocese by Bishop Jose Luis at a night vigil at the Cathedral. Every parish received a missionary candle from the bishop, and now it was the turn of the parishes to organise and launch the year at parish level. Sts Peter and Paul Parish launched the Extraordinary Missionary Year on Mission Sunday in a colourful celebration full of symbols.

The celebration began in the usual way and after the gospel, the missionary candle was brought in procession with song and dance to the sanctuary where it was lit by a senior member of the community. Babe Solomon Mndzebele animated the process, explaining at every step what was being done and its symbolism. The missionary candle symbolises the presence of the light of Christ in our midst, the same light we received at baptism and the same light we are sent to take to the world.
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