Ferocious wild animals in the Congo are difficult to get to see. Occasionally, someone keeps a monkey as a pet instead of for the pot and you might see a snake now and then, but, apart from that, the jungle keeps its inhabitants very well hidden. Yesterday, though, I came a step closer to brushing with the wild. The sky began to darken around 6 pm; the trees teamed with bright yellow weaver-birds, chattering and squealing and carrying endless streamers of grass and palm-leaf to build up their nests. Darkness descended swiftly, leaving ragged banana trees and oil-kernel palms silhouetted against the clear royal-blue sky, with vivid twinkling constellations scattered like sequins on a velvet cloth. People in Basankusu settled down to cook and eat their evening meal, the glow of charcoal burners and the smell of various foods filled the air.
A major conference on theme: "African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st Century" is taking place in Rome this week.
The Feast of St Joseph was celebrated on the 20th of March 2017 at the MHM Formation House in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was presided by the Vicar General of San Jose de Antique, Rev. Fr. Ronnie Elemento.
The “Democratic Republic of Congo” is a far cry from Scotland’s Morayshire Vale of St Andrew – especially when the DRC’s hot and humid rain forest is remembered in a freezing winter at Pluscarden Abbey. But more striking than that is the contrast of atmosphere. Pluscarden is renowned deservedly for its Peace; the DRC, deservedly, is not! I am anxious to get back to my beloved troubled Congo. But I am revelling in the Benedictine Pax here; “In loco isto dabo pacem (In this place I will give Peace)” …. and I will get the monks’ powerful prayers for the DRC into the bargain too. In this Peace I am still grateful for the Mission I have been privileged to be sent on. I was encouraged here in Pluscarden many years ago to respond to that “foreign missionary” call, and have been supported ever since. What we have in common, in a contemplative life in northern Scotland or in an active ministry in ‘the Heart of Darkest Africa’, is that basic truth: ‘Nil carius Christo’ - Christ and His Love is more important than anything else.
19th March SAINT JOSEPH REVISITED Our image of Saint Joseph, our patron, needs refurbishing. For many he is just a silent background figure, bodyguard of Mary and Jesus, breadwinner, obedient…
The impending closure in Margate of the Religious Institute of St Anselm and proposed relocation to Rome is the subject of two articles in The Catholic Herald.
Third Sunday of Lent A sculpture by Stephen Broadbent in the garden courtyard of the Chester Cathedral. Around the base of the sculpture are etched the words from John’s gospel:…
‘My name is Patrick... I am a sinner, a simple country person, and the least of all believers. I am looked down upon by many.