March 2018: Formation in Spiritual discernment

Pope Francis is pictured with ashes on his forehead during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

by Fr Chris Chatteris

Pope calls us to discern our lives

General Intention: That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

Is Pope Francis still a Jesuit? It’s a good canonical question, because if you define a Jesuit as a man under obedience to a Jesuit superior, then Francis is no longer in that position.

On the other hand, his Jesuit spirit can be seen time and time again in his public statements and his prophetic actions.

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Catholicism: A Life of Faith

by Fr W. Nkomo

As we do every year this year we had the commissioning of catechists for the work of passing on the faith on to catechumens in the diocese. Our gratitude goes to the Bishop for commissioning us and the priests who took their time to be with us during this momentous event in our life of faith and the ever devoted catechists who caring out the work of “passing on the way of Christ to others” as the bishop exhorted them during his inspiring homily. Over 200 catechists gathered today at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral for the mass of commissioning. Fr Nkomo was asked to present a talk on the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation. This was because the commission for catechism in the diocese have notice the decline in the use of this sacrament. Below is the content of the talk. Continue reading “Catholicism: A Life of Faith”

February 2018: Say ‘no’ to corruption

by Fr Chris Chatteris SJ

Pope’s Prayer Intention:

Say ‘no’ to corruption. That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. It has to be the most over-quoted saying in the English language, but Lord Acton’s famous words are as true today as they were when he uttered them in the 19th Century.

As the governing party struggles to clean up its act under a new leader, South Africans are getting a ringside view of the moral struggle involved in the corruption of political and material power. The politicians have the political power and business people have the material power. When they get together in a mutually corrupting relationship, there is a perfect storm of sleaze, scandal and shame. Continue reading “February 2018: Say ‘no’ to corruption”

In the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and among the ‘Little Flock’


by Dabulamanzi Ntshangase

Pope Francis has visited the African continent on two occasions: first, towards the end of 2015 and the Year of Mercy, second, on first half of the current year (2017). On his first visit, he went to Kenya, Central Africa Republic and Uganda respectively. On his second visit, he went to Egypt. In each of these countries, the Holy Father has addressed the priests, the religious and the seminarians. The following few words are, therefore, a personal reflection on two of these addresses from the Holy Father, that is, to the priests, religious and seminarians in Uganda as well as those in Egypt. It is important to note that the pope does not only speak to the priests, religious and seminarians of Uganda and Egypt but to all of us who are playing for the same team. Continue reading “In the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and among the ‘Little Flock’”