God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

11.01.2010 resolutions

End of the year or beginning of the year is normally also the time, where one is very good in formulating resolutions. And some weeks in the new year or even earlier one discovers that it is not that easy to keep up with one has aimed to do. Either, we think, it might be the wrong time – or it is not necessary – or whatever reasons we find to get back on our old tracks and habits. It is so difficult to change, and we priests are not an exception. I think it is so important to realise it, because it makes us more human and acceptable for the struggles of others coming to us with their problems. Compassion is only possible if self-realization sets in and humility prevails.

I sometimes think that we have lost in our church much of that humility, especially in the upper field of the hierarchy. In struggling to keep our identity lots of church leaders think if they act strong and with determination, then they will keep the church running. I am not sure it will succeed.  Unconditional love we are supposed to bring to the people has no such tool to prevail. If Paul is right that God has chosen the weak to make his point, then that is the path to follow.

Being on holidays means to have much time to think about resolutions, about humility and all such things. I also have done my resolutions.. 🙂 And as every human being I hope that I can keep them. But I was clever. I thought it is the best to start with all my resolutions after the holidays, to give me the time to bid my old habits farewell. So far, all is working out quite nicely… 🙂 Let’s hope for the time after the holidays – fast approaching and after the time of relaxations I am looking forward being back to work and to start a new chapter in my life.

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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