EMY – December: Praying for Families

by “Extraordinary Misssion Year” Team
Topic for December: Family
Saint to contemplate: St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941)

St. Maximilian Kolbe was a Catholic Priest from Poland.

The boy Kolbe was naughty kid. At 12, he had a vision of Mother Mary in 1906 that changed his life. He later described this incident:
“That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.”

In 1941, the Nazis imprisoned Father Maximilian in the Auschwitz death camp. He offered his life for another prisoner (a young husband and father) and was condemned to death. He was the last to die, enduring two weeks of starvation, thirst and neglect. This is why St Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of families, pro-life and prisoners. His feast day is August 14th. Continue reading “EMY – December: Praying for Families”

First Sunday of Advent – Year A

by Fr Dabulamanzi Ntshangase

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We, Christians, are known to be people most characterised by love for Christ commanded us to love God and our neighbour. If we belong to the Christian family and yet do not show love then we are in the dark, we need light. We need to start anew. In many ways today marks new beginnings: the beginning of a week, month, liturgical year and a liturgical season – Advent. Advent is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the second coming of Christ and it runs from the beginning of the season until the 16th of December. The second part focuses on the first coming of Christ (Incarnation) at Bethlehem and it runs from the 17th of December to the 24th of December.
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Justice and Peace in the context of Baptised and Sent

by Ntombikayise H Dlamini

Jesus Christ was clear, His ministry would change the lives of the captive and oppressed. While He certainly meant this on a spiritual level (meaning that every person is in desperate need of freedom from sin and death) Jesus also cared about oppression in a physical and relational sense.

Spiritual oppression and captivity are conditions that all of us are born into, but we must not forget that these things are experienced by many at a relational level as well. The “captive and oppressed,” in our day must also include those who live in fear of abuse (physical and otherwise) in their homes or churches, those who are raped, assaulted, preyed upon as minors, widows and others like them. Continue reading “Justice and Peace in the context of Baptised and Sent”

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ

by Fr Peterson Muriithi

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KING OF THE UNIVERSE

THEME: A KING WHO CONDEMNS NOBODY

As we end year C and the liturgical cycle of three years, I am reminded of the many sermons that I have listened to since I was young, whereby our priests always used to point out that this is the time that we need to take our stock of life just as we do with our businesses at the end of the year. It is the time where we need to look back and ask ourselves questions that will help us evaluate how we lived the concluded liturgical year, celebrate and thank God for allowing us to see the end of this liturgical year and indeed the year 2019. It is the time that we need to evaluate our relationship with God not forgetting to look into our relationships with the others. How did I live the commandment of love given to us by Jesus Christ?
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