God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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02.01.2010 Afterthoughts..

The first decade of the new century or better millenium is gone – and when people had dreams about things going better in this world after the cold war ended – we all have been dead wrong. Civil wars continue – the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians reached a new sort of brutality and we saw war crimes on both sides of the fence. 9/11 marked an area of confusion about we really can declare a “war of terror” – President Bush and his alike introduced torture again as a means of interrogation in a democracy – an unlawful war in Iraq produced chaos and a killing spree and the war in Afghanistan is also not what we have been promised.

Bankers have nothing learned out of the credit crunch and the financial turmoil and politics tried to gain upper hand – without a lot of success – we are drifting into the next turmoil for sure. Sarkozy in Paris, Berlusconi in Italy – the sort of politicians we get are at least questionable in my view. Copenhagen was a disaster – and the EU is growing in a way which might not be practical on a long-term run. Meanwhile we have to fight for our civil rights in Europe which seems to be taken away step by step. We urgently need a discussion on what is the purpose of a state.

Our church also did not show itself from the best side – children abuse was and is a big topic and Pope Benedict XVI also did not miss out some deeds of irritation be it his lecture in Regensburg, his like for the old traditions in liturgy and other matters as well his approach towards the Pius-Brotherhood.

My personal way was in the last year also in turmoil. Ignorance, jealousy, breach of promise and the likes should not be part of the principles for action within the church.  But staffing policy is not easy and not every department head and desk officer has the skills for human resource management or interpersonal skills. The virtue of dealing with criticism is also not that often found in the culture of the church. But I can say that I am not bitter and I am happy that I have overcome this testing of my vocation – it was at breaking point.

All this does not sound very exciting – but as so often: there are thousands of events, encounters, moments of joy, happiness, fulfillment – and all those moments give a good balance and a solid base to go into the new decade, even in my personal life with the resolution to remain a human and to “fight” for a human world – into a God made himself a human being, as we Christians believe.

My belief that at the end, it will all come together despite all human attempts to derail the lives of human fellows – and I am sure there will be a justice in a way at the end of our life, which is perfect but so different from what we call justice with our little human mind. I am looking forward to whatever is left from my personal life and to try to live it to the fullest.

Everybody who was with me, supported me, showed me his/her love, affection, trusted that I can assist him/her, prayed for me, just was part of my life: Thanks you and thank God for you!!

Happy New Year 🙂

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01.09.2009 First day without my community

The day started like all the days before with early being in my office @ the Mediterranean Villa. And it ends now with having packed all my stuff which will be transported to my new interim office at home.  But it was amazing for me how many people send email or phoned to say that they think of me having my first day in the new job description. I just hope that the description now gets clearer by the day. A lot of preparation has to be done now for my trip to Germany and  Italy in two weeks time – and on Tuesday is already the Catholic AIDS Network workshop for priests and religious where I should inform people about the newest developments in treatment and care. So the weekend will not only see my official farewell mass at Nazareth House but also some preparation work for the workshop.

There are so many ideas and visions in my head now, but first I have to settle down with my office and get it in working condition again. And to get used that my office is only some meters away from where I am living.

My new role with HOPE Cape Town is also starting to become clearer, this was a rather painful process but necessary. After having myself detached from the daily business and only participated via the management team, it has now newly to be defined. It is indeed like a sort of new beginning or should I better say: It is like knowing somebody very well and suddenly discovering a completely different site of him or her, watching from a totally different angle. I am sure it will become a somehow newly exciting journey.

But otherwise: a new chapter in my life starts rather uneventful. Good so.

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