God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

So much to do and so little time…

Sitting on my working desk and  trying to plan the next months I receive the news that my uncle in Germany died. Well, he was old, but it still triggered besides all the normal reflection one has once again the acknowledgement that life has an end and that one has to use it wisely. I don’t think that it is important how much one has done, the much more important question is whether one has lived intensively whatever one has done in life and if one has been the person meant to be. So for me it is also not a question of age.. one can become 100 and waste most of his or her time. I have seen people having achieved with 40 more than others with 80.
I think such a reflection is also meaningful when one deals with HIV and AIDS. Right, in many countries they are talking about a chronic disease and also we starting in South Africa to do so. Nevertheless every day are dying hundreds of people, mostly young people still as a consequence of HIV and AIDS. And looking to Africa, there are more reasons for dying young on this continent. So, once again: every second of life is counting, nobody knows whether he or she will wake up tomorrow morning, whether he or she will see the end of this day. The past is gone for good, the future is not known, the only time we can live and determine is the second of the moment. I know, a well-known fact. But we need to be reminded again and again, because it is so easy to forget in all the hectic of life. And even if there is so much to do and so little time..let’s not worry, we can only do what can fit in that very precious moment we just living now…

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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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