God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

03.11.2009 prevision

Sitting in my hotel room in Munich this morning, I ponder the idea of prevision. Looking back on the last days and weeks it seems that all is coming together, people, I have never thought of have been met, networked, connected – time seems to be due for synergies of incredible force. Be it the extreme sports person Joachim Franz and his team, the energetic business woman Viola Klein, Prof Juergen Beckmann from sports sciences of the TU Munich, Ulrich Heide from the German AIDS Foundation – Isa from the Charite Museum in Berlin – it is indeed for me unbelievable that all these persons are now interconnected and willing and able and looking forward to join hands for the good cause. And there are more: the lady from St. Wendel looking to do something good, the business man from Russia, I met in Dresden, Michael Eisenmenger and all the Rotarians who, with the help of Rotary from 3 different countries looking for a matching grant…

I am counting my blessings and I am stunned – I am counting the people who are willing to go the extra mile and I am amazed to see how many are willing to do so. For me, all this is a miracle. And I am counting the blessings of my family, my dear friends and colleagues. And I know that despite all the obstacles and cliffs there is one truth: the world can be a good place for all – there is so much positive energy available waiting to be used for the good of humanity.  Our religion is right as written down in Genesis: God saw that it was good.

I have had a tough year behind me – and i almost thought I will lose my vocation – but now I can sense that all this might have helped me to count my blessings and to live my life every day to the fullest, to follow my charisma to connect people and see them working together in a way that can move the world. I am grateful this morning.

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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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