“He lived among us”

By Gugulethu Dlamini

Gugulethu DlaminiBishop Mandlenkhosi Zwane was a man who overcame a number of barriers to justice and peace, including the following:

Cultural indifferences – through his support, vision and caring ministry to both South African and Mozambican refugees as well as the SADC region.

Conceptual difficulties – by welcoming the idea of the community extension programme He was delighted by the community extension programme facilitated by Prof. Stan of eSwatini, and he requested that the initiative be extended to his church. But then, he realised he needed skills on the programme, so he requested permission from his church to attend a course on community extension programmes. Continue reading ““He lived among us””

Pope’s prayer: People who suffer from depression

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“We pray that people who suffer from depression or burn‐out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.”

Pope Francis – November 2021

Overwork and work-related stress cause many people to experience extreme exhaustion —mental, emotional, affective, and physical exhaustion.

Sadness, apathy, and spiritual tiredness end up dominating people’s lives, who are overloaded due to the rhythm of life today.

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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A

by Fr N. Vilakati

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You are nor rock, nor hard surface, but “The fertile ground where the seed that has fallen has yielded a fruitful harvest”.

Many people are so much of pessimist, about life, about love and other pertinent issues affecting their lives. This 15th Sunday in ordinary time, let us look at things on a positive perspective about the self, others and God. Looking at the parable of the sower today, we could jump to the conclusion that only a negligent or wasteful farmer would sow seeds where obstacles to growth are so many. We could be tempted to say, by sheer luck or unexpectedly good weather could assist the farm to be profitable in the end. On the contrary we see that Jesus’ message is that God’s reign is at hand. The point of the parable is that the farmer has not wasted his seed in you, just as much as God never gives up on you. Continue reading “Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary time – Year A”

Feast of the Holy Family (C)

by Fr Mark James OP

When we normally think of the Holy Family we think of the perfect family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph were the holiest of families otherwise why would God have chosen them for the task of raising his Son. However, is this the reason why God chose them? If we take the incarnation seriously then there is good reason to recognise that this family too had its share of hardships.

In today’s gospel, we see Mary and Joseph suffering the anguish of having thought they had lost their child. It took them three days to find him again. Mary even asked Jesus: ‘Why have you done this to us? We have been so worried?’

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