In every age and time, Christ offers His invitation to all people to leave everything and follow Him (Mt 19:21); He invites so that we may belong solely to Him and live chaste, poor and obedient as He did (Phil 2). As consecrated persons, we responded to Jesus’ invitation by answering with a personal and freely given ‘Yes’. Thus, the consecrated, in freedom, becomes cut off from the ‘worldly’ to belong completely to Christ in a manner of mutual belonging. In this mutual belongingness, we become the earthly manifestation of divinity, while divinity becomes “deeper in us than our interior being” (Ep. 187. 34). The consequence of this, is a JOY that the world cannot give. […]
Dearest in Christ and St Augustine, Greetings to you. Christmas comes with joy and excitement, and yet around us are black tales that threaten peace and joy. We have experienced the horrific records of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the carnage over land and water use between farmers and herders, the fear of kidnapping specifically and crime more generally. Devastatingly, is the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought difficult situations to almost everyone. Since the beginning of this year, it continues its threat to becoming one of the most difficult tests faced by humanity in modern history, with its astronomical death rates and the capacity to overwhelm health systems, and trigger lasting geopolitical change. […]
The African world thrives on the understanding that reality is interconnected, related and in harmony. A thing exits by belonging and suffers alienation by losing its belongingness. Thus, J.S. Mbiti reflecting the African structureof things would say that “I am because you are, and since you are, therefore, I am”. This is not just a philosophy for the African, it is a reflection of the orangic harmony of the human community.