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A blessed New Year

A Happy New Year

A happy New Year we wish each other at the beginning of a new year – and I sometimes wonder whether I really want to have a happy one – “happy” sounds somehow superficial – and I am not sure if I always want to be a happy chappy day-in and day-out.

A Joyful New Year

I rather would go for a “joyful” wish – because joy seems to me much more deeper – joy is a basic condition seeing life through a special eye.

A Blessed New Year

But my sort of wish list tops with the phrase “a blessed year” – because it allows for all sorts of events and simply wishes that whatever comes up in the next 365 days may be taken as a meaningful building block for making me the person I should be. It acknowledges the up and down of a human life and experience and the wish to make sense of it all – sooner or later. Feeling blessed means also being a blessing for others – that should definitely be an aim for the year.
Because we need to be each others blessings and support in this crazy world, we need it for ourselves to survive the onslaught of madness which makes life exciting and draining at the same time.

A blessed New Year to all of you

Fr Stefan

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Being silent…

Being silent at the beginning of the new year seems to me the only way of responding to all the madness happening around me. I can’t remember a year having started so chaotic and full of negativity. Looking to South Africa, we see the aftermath of the irrationality of our president for which mostly the poor will pay dearly. The Rand continuous to fall and the political parties are busy to capitalize on a very unhealthy social media storm over racism. In Africa it seems more leaders are tempted to extend their ruling into a life-time dictatorship and the battle between Daesh or ISL and the rest of the world continuous to cost precious lives. In the USA Donald Trump, since yesterday supported by Mrs Palin shows that even the word ‘stupid’ can be topped and in Europe the bill is paid for having a European Union not built on social equality and human rights but purely materialism and finances. The refugee crisis in Europe reveals the shadows of the so-called Christian Occident.  Looking from politics to the churches it seems that there are also wars going on – in my church it seems that preaching the gospel and trying to bring it to the people does not sit well with some of the people higher up the hierarchy or in the administration of the Vatican while the Anglican church seems to be split answering the question whether God’s creation of different people with different preferences was a good question or should be welcomed by God’s own people.
But there is the Year of Mercy – the door of mercy is wide open since the beginning of December and maybe this is the only ray of hope in this chaos of uncertainty, brutality, stupidity and maybe even clash of cultures and civilizations. I ask myself where will we be at the end of the year? Will reason and love prevail or will the world continue to spiral into the darkness of self prophecy and negativity? I am not sure – I will wait and see, but continue to do my little bit in the hope that all those millions of unnamed decent people doing the same by following their dream and vocation overcome at the end the madness of a world where according to Oxfam the 26 richest persons have as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population. And the richest 1% now has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. Not sure I can be silent about that…

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All the mistakes necessary to grow…

Year’s end resolutions are always the best – because they are formulated quick and abandoned even quicker. Nevertheless, it is nice to have goals in life 🙂 and so my resolutions for 2016 are:

… to be more faithful to whom I am deep inside me
… to have less time for all the nonsense s’times other people throw at me
… to enjoy life even more and share it with friends and family
… to accept life as is and make the best out of it
… to allow myself to make all the mistakes necessary to grow

Doing so, and allowing you and all the others I will meet in the coming year to do the same will certainly make this world a better place for all.
A blessed 2016

Fr Stefan

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… and a happy new year 2015

Wishing everybody a great start into 2015 and please remember, that there remains always one problem with all the resolutions for the new year:
You take yourself with into 2015  🙂
and change will not come overnight but gradually.
So be wise,
resolve to take small steps
to become more mature,
more joyful,
more enlightened,
more faithful,
more yourself

and at the end
you will become the person
God saw in you
already from the very beginning.

Blessings and the feeling of unconditional love

Fr Stefan

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Compliments of the seasons

Thanks for all the contacts, comments, meetings in person; supporting of HOPE Cape Town in various ways.
It was a blessed year with all what spices up a personal and professional life.

May the time of Hanukkah and Christmas or any other festivity you are celebrating in these days be a time of peace, blessings and joy.
And may 2015 add to our lives more wisdom, more meaning, more excitement and lots of unconditional love

Fr Stefan

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