Personal Reflections on the 150th Anniversary in Song

Personal Reflections on the 150th Anniversary in Song

Fr Emmanuel Mbeh mhm

Over the past few months, I have groaned and grinned, recollected and celebrated the Legacy of our Society in music, in nostalgia and memories, in gratitude and expressive sentiments in the following recollective, poetic, lyrical and melodious vibrations. The songs seek celebrate Herbert Vaughan, Saint Joseph, all Mill Hill living and dead missionaries and many elders in the faith who deserve the name, incapable of deceit. Here are the lyrics, the melody is yet to come!

Silent prayer, loving and serving – Bringing the Christ to and from Egypt! Saint Joseph and Cardinal Vaughan – pillars of Mill Hill Missionaries….. You exhorted us in your dream and vision to love and to serve, that is, to go out to the needy to serve and save them; and to go into ourselves; and into the Lord in prayer. To the young priest and the not so young, you said, we will never find ourselves in the company of apostles unless we are people of prayer, unless we feel and experience loved and doted over by Christ, even if we spend and exhaust ourselves with good works…. merci papa, on vous respecte! Silent prayer, loving and serving – Bringing the Christ to and from Egypt!

A hundred, A hundred and fifty years! Mill Hill Missionaries, the vision of Cardinal Vaughan. Saint Joseph’s, Missionary Society, for foreign missions. Amare et servire.

(Bafmeng, my mother tongue) Mill Hill ziiner chiaa er mbi o,wuer mmener gher ponger tsee kei pam – pier ghee Fezhier ziiner tei ndu peign ndo.2x. Ner mbii ekiim zuunte kiiser kyer ei mo’ kii sei fo ndu azongei se Pee mbii ekim oh. Ner mmerner zuunte kiiser kyer ei mo’ kii sei fo ndu azongei sei Fada Martin/Nielen/Ten Horn/Holzkniet/Br Huub ooh. (pidgin English translation – This Mill Hill don spread for all corner for ground, sote bafmeng people them too them don follow, for seka say them say this God palava e be don come 2x;: make all ground e join for one mouth for talk thank you for pa weh e get all ground; make all bafmeng people them join for one voice for talk thank you for fada…them)

Oeconomus domus notrae – ORA PRO NOBIS, ORA PRO NOBIS, ORA PRO NOBIS. Propitio nos Domini. Everything I do, I want to do for the glory of God and the salvation.

Who is this coming up from the desert – leaning onto her lover, leaning onto the Lord? Keep my soul in peace before you my God. In the shelter of Saint Joseph we come to you –In the shadow of your wings I rejoice O Lord. Mary, our mother, we need your care. Mary our Mother we need your prayers. Lord free me from the snare of the fowler that seeks to destroy me…. Lord keep the souls and lives of my friends and family, my own and ministry, my village and country, my church and the entire creative at peace before you. Make me an instrument of your peace – where there is hatred, injury, doubt, darkness and sadness, let me sow love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy. Keep my soul in peace before you my God; In the shelter of Saint Joseph we come to you; Keep my soul in peace before you my God.

Remember the elders who spoke the word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. (Heb:13:7-9) Let us in sentimental and nostalgic recollection briefly sing the praises to the memories of those servant leaders we have known and loved, those who handed on the faith to us with great passion, compassion, enthusiasm, magnanimity, altruism, selflessness, great sacrifices and prayer – the martyrs, the virgins, the builders, the healers, the donors, the sponsors, the missionaries, the first believers…. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE, AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH.

By faith Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Peter, Paul, Elijah, Elisha, Ruth, Judith, Esther, Rachel, Rahab, Magdalene, Teresa, Mary, Padre Pio, Francis Xavier, Anthony of Padua, of Egypt, Catherine of Sienna, Josephine Bakhita, Clementine Anuarite, Charles Lwanga, Angela Merici the ancient catechists and many of our ancestors and ancestresses accomplished what they accomplished by the implicit and explicit graces of God, and left the legacies we now inherit…. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE, AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH.

By faith Herbert Vaughan, Lavigerie, Comboni, Mazenod, John Bosco, and many founders/foundresses and their successors and followers prayed, served, sacrificed and spread the Good news – CONSIDER THE OUTCOME OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE, AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods. Hebrews 13:4

“Lord I pray for the faithful and fervent priests; for the unfaithful and tepid priests; for priests labouring at home and abroad in distant mission fields. Lord I pray for priests who are tempted, who are lonely and desolate; for young priests, for the souls of priests in purgatory. Lord I pray above all for the priests who are dearest to me – the priest who baptized me, who absolved my sins in confessions; for the priests whose Masses I have attended and who gave me your precious body and blood in Holy Communion. I pray for the priests who taught me and instructed me to take the right path in life. I pray for all the priests to whom I am indebted. Lord Jesus, keep them close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.” Remember the elders who spoke the word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith

Emmanuel Mbeh mhm

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