God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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Challenging times

Times are moving fast and arriving in Dresden attending the 11th HOPE Gala it is time to reflect on all what is happening in the world around us.
In South Africa, times are getting more and more tough – students are trying to force the state into submission of free education with turmoil, violence and militant language – not seeing that their initially good cause is meanwhile compromised for many reasons. President Zuma survived another non-confidence vote as the ANC is still not ready to acknowledge the magnitude of corruption and damage done to the country.
In the USA a womanizer and liar with a very limited world view is elected president via a system which assembles only a shadow of democracy. In Germany right-wing thoughts are popular again and the populist AfD seems to win the hearts and minds of more and more people.
Black and white, simple solutions, believing in simple answers, following a gut feeling of fear and anxiety seems to govern most people in this global village. And the systems holding societies together are fading away in the challenges of today; the vast amount of information available at any given time seems to be so indigestible to most global village inhabitants so that they seek refuge in those mentioned simple answers.
Churches seemed to be too much self-absorbed to have the time to really take note and actively work against this trend of time – when you look to the USA, most Catholic Bishops were so occupied with certain topics that the social Catholic teaching faded away in the judgements given before the elections.

Well, life turns in circles and therefore there is always hope that the wheels are turning again and reason will prevail. There is no need to get lost in desperation, but this is a time to watchfully and carefully observe the situation and to actively try to correct the turns of society and their leadership into a direction towards humanity, charity, tolerance and compassion at heart.

The HOPE Gala in Dresden shows me that people still care, that people still go the extra mile to assist and help and reach out to people far away; those living on the margins of the wealthy  spots in our global village. There is hope as events like this are happening not only in Dresden but also for many good causes around the globe. As long as there are some lights in the darkness of todays social and political developments, as long as there are people not giving up on trying to better all lives instead only their own ones – as long as there is resistance to let go those unfortunate living in the wrong places or born at the wrong times there is a reason to fight for a global village which is compassionate about everybody equally.

I guess we also have to learn to strive a balance between information flows possible and the ability of people to digest those info. Again we have to learn that human minds and brains and hearts have a limited capacity of in-take. And that fear and anxiety are bad advisers when it comes to develop our future as a human family.

As always life goes on and there is light at the end of the tunnel – faith, love and hope remain as the bible tells us rightly.

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  1. Sr Agnes says:

    Lieber Stefan !

    Ging Dresden gut ? Ich hoffe, daß Du genug Ruhe auch für Dich selber hast. Morgen wirdbei uns Sr. Dagmar als Oberin eingesetzt.

    Sie kennt dieses Amt schon von früher.

    Laß was hören von Dir.

    Bruni feiert am Donnerstag ihren 75 ger. Falls Du no9ch die Kraft hast, schreibe bitte ein paar Zeilen, die ich dann b eim Fest vorlesen werde.

    Herzlich

    Deine

    Agnes

  2. Muluka Webby says:

    Sincere thanks Rev. Fr. Stefan for this powerful word of hope. For sure, the happenstances of the recent past such as the Brexit and American election results to mention but a few, have sent serious shock waves in the hearts of many. Slowly, there seems to be emerging a paradigm shift from “being our brother’s keeper” in the global villages to “selfcenteredness” in the name of “Nationalism”. ” Love for the neighbour” has come under the serious threat of “selfishness” under the pretext of preservation of National Identity. However, it is gratifying to note that even in the midst of the aforementioned emerging challenges, there are men and women of faith willing to extend the helping hand to the under privileged. ..a reason to Hope for a better tomorrow with Faith in Love!

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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