God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

24 hours to go

Slowly but surely this week comes to an end. A week still filled with the last preparation, especially mental preparation. I try to strive up all the daily routines, I try to avoid all the unnecessary, what has still to be clarified and now concentrate on what is ahead of me. The reading in the plenary room of the Bavarian Parliament lies behind me; this was a challenge in its own right but at the end also a very supportive event. The preparations for the BUGA event in October were done yesterday.

The closer I come to the flight to Vancouver,the more I understand the challenge lying ahead of me and I am aware that I can only succeed if I can let go the routine of my life and see this time ahead also as a chance to discover myself again. It is amazing for me to experience that even in this global village  where everything seems so close by, there is still room for a feeling of exploration and discovery – a feeling of curiosity – a feeling of leaving safe and calm waters to reach for the unknown…

It feels good and scary at the same time to feel that there is indeed in my so predictable world still room for a new departure – meaningful and full of possibilities. And moving the world in the way intended means at the end also moving myself into a new direction – I am thrilled to see what the person looks like, besides all new knowledge about HIV and AIDS in the world, who will appear at the end of the expedition…. “Move the world”, the World AIDS Awareness Expedition will be more than an adventure or a fact finding mission or a fundraising event, it will also be a spiritual journey in its own right.

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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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