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New Year Resolutions..

It is always the same at the end of the year to formulate resolutions for the new year, only to abolish them quicker than one can spell them out. For the last years I have done away with resolutions as they went the way into nirvana latest end of January.

This year is somehow different – it seems that the resolutions are more in depth -maybe also because being far away from home and experiencing Christmas and the New Year’s Eve with a crowd not familiar with on a cruise through the Caribbean Sea. So daily life and daily struggle was far away and despite being in demand by all the people trying to flee the Christmas sentiments there was time to reflect life and come to conclusions.
Realizing how much one is lived on a daily base, how much one is busy to run with all the expectations of people around oneself it is maybe time to be once again more “myself”.  Discovering yet again the one living with yourself since birth. Refusing to be bend according to protocol and demands of those around you. Feeling again the roots one has developed over times and not to be afraid to speak out – and let ago – depending what is called for.

Not being afraid to live the life one is called for – seeing the beauty and the beast in oneself and accepting that both are part of the deal. And being myself also means to be able to coop with all realities coming along the way – encountering those along the way in true fashion and honesty, embracing life to the fullest without getting lost in the process.

2013 will be a good year – and the resolutions may last for the whole year and open up new possibilities.. I am looking forward to this year and wish all readers the blessings needed to grow in love, faith and hope.

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11.01.2010 resolutions

End of the year or beginning of the year is normally also the time, where one is very good in formulating resolutions. And some weeks in the new year or even earlier one discovers that it is not that easy to keep up with one has aimed to do. Either, we think, it might be the wrong time – or it is not necessary – or whatever reasons we find to get back on our old tracks and habits. It is so difficult to change, and we priests are not an exception. I think it is so important to realise it, because it makes us more human and acceptable for the struggles of others coming to us with their problems. Compassion is only possible if self-realization sets in and humility prevails.

I sometimes think that we have lost in our church much of that humility, especially in the upper field of the hierarchy. In struggling to keep our identity lots of church leaders think if they act strong and with determination, then they will keep the church running. I am not sure it will succeed.  Unconditional love we are supposed to bring to the people has no such tool to prevail. If Paul is right that God has chosen the weak to make his point, then that is the path to follow.

Being on holidays means to have much time to think about resolutions, about humility and all such things. I also have done my resolutions.. 🙂 And as every human being I hope that I can keep them. But I was clever. I thought it is the best to start with all my resolutions after the holidays, to give me the time to bid my old habits farewell. So far, all is working out quite nicely… 🙂 Let’s hope for the time after the holidays – fast approaching and after the time of relaxations I am looking forward being back to work and to start a new chapter in my life.

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11.12.2009 Friday afternoon

Friday afternoon.. a long week gets to an end and slowly but surely it is time to close the office and to await the weekend. This evening is the Annual years end dinner of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, Sunday the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Church in Tafelsig – before I have to go to the airport – after the celebrations in Tafelsig there is still an evening out on my list with friends from Germany. It’s funny, but weekends seems to be as busy as weekdays… knowing that the church is against Sunday work, it is time also to advocate a free weekend for priests. 🙂 COSATU for priests – wouldn’t that be an interesting one?? 🙂 Just joking. 🙂

3rd Sunday of Advent is arriving – and hopefully from the 4th Sunday things will calm down a bit, so that there is time for some reflection of Advent and Christmas before it is over again. I guess that we priests are specially tempted to forget to make time for ourselves, especially in those important times of the church year. Every year the same old resolutions to do it differently, but at the end: time passed, same story as usual.

Today we also had our last formal meeting with the senior staff of HOPE Cape Town – discussing all the small things still waiting to be tackled before everybody is going into holidays – but it seems that almost the whole time, at least the office of HOPE Cape Town is occupied with somebody. So no complete shut-down.

Everybody a great weekend and the blessings of the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

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