Solemnity of All Saints

by Fr Peterson Muriithi

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When we hear about all saints day, what comes in to our minds? Normally we think of the people who lived holy lives during their earthly life and after their death, they were beatified and canonised. We venerate the saints, ask for their intercession and we keep wondering how they managed to live holy lives in this sinful world. What we need to remember is that majority of the saints we venerate today and ask for their intercession, were born innocent like any other child including you and me, however their inclination to the original sin, human weakness and the influence that they got either from their immediate family members, friends or society in general started to eat away their innocence and entered in to sin of any kind as we all know from our catechism the definition of sin. “Sin is an offence against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbour caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods…”
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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by Fr Pius Magagula

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A poor widow cannot stand up to her enemy. Let us bring our attention to these two nouns:- poor +widow. We start with the latter :- widow, she has no leg to stand on, she has lost a companion. And, in our Swazi culture, she only deserves a sleeping mat to sit on, she does not deserve a chair. She deserves all the disadvantages of life. Two, she is poor, she is not eligible to have her voice heard.

Taking it back to our permissive societies; do we listen to the voice of the poor, marginalised, unmarried ( according to ‘our standards’). The judge according to vss 2,3 turned down her request for justice. In life don’t we sometimes compare our God to this judge? Does He not seem silent when we need Him the most? How do we judge His silence? This quickly drives us to the egg/chick reality. The time/moment of hatching is not rushed. God’s time is the one that we bank on.
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by Fr Pius Magagula

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What is touchy? The second reading of today from Paul addressed to Timothy (2Tm 2:8-13). Life setting;- Paul is a deserted man. He is writing from a prison in Rome. He had had his first court case and nobody stood up to testify in his favour. So they had most probably testified against him. For pagans he was already guilty without being charged. In life we do find ourselves in Paul’s position; crucified by the people we love the most. Continue reading “28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C”

October 2019: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church

by Mr. David A Lugo, SJ

Pope’s Prayer Intention: In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church.

On the Feast of the Ascension, before he ascended to the right hand of God the Father, Jesus said to his disciples: “[Y]ou will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The end of Jesus’ public ministry and earthly life, therefore, is immediately followed by the descent of the Holy Spirit and the missionary work of the Church. Throughout the ages, Christian disciples have answered this call to witness to Christ by going throughout the world to preach the Gospel in foreign lands. This missionary zeal, however, has never been possible without the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Think of Peter, for example, and how the power of the Holy Spirit that he received at Pentecost transformed him from a humble fisherman to the bold preacher and evangelist of the early Church. Continue reading “October 2019: A Missionary “Spring” in the Church”