God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

30.07.2009 midnight local time

Chiangi Airport in Singapore. A quiet airport at this time of the night, where I wait for my connection flight. As I have booked redeeming my miles, I only now discover that my flight from Singapore to Cape Town ends already in Johannesburg, where I have to leave the plane and to check in with SAA from Jo’burg to Cape Town.  Singapore Airlines is also continuing flying from Johannesburg to Cape Town, but that would be to easy for the Miles & More program to make travel convenient. Why occupying a seat in a half empty plane for the two hour flight when one can bring somebody to discover the delights of Johannesburg airport. I phone the Senator service, but they cannot help. No, it is not logic, they told me, but still, I have to change planes… I love this program which brings again and again the joy of convenience to their customers.

I know I repeat myself but it is still a funny feeling: Flying back home without knowing, what to expect in the next weeks to come. If somebody would have told me some time ago that I am faced with such a situation, I would have laughed him off.  8 weeks sounds like a long time, but in reality time is running like crazy. In my heart I know what my calling is, but do I achieve it or be able to follow up on it?  I remember now an old saying: the midst of the night is the beginning of a new day. Maybe that should be enough for now… let’s wait for the new dawn arriving…

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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