Tuesday, 27 October 2015

WHY REPENT THEN SIN


Most people always have a question why one easily falls back to sin after having gone for repentance. Most people have argued it out and many more still will come to argue it out that man is prone to sin. I would not really conquer with them nor refute their ideas for they believe that. Rather I would wish to evaluate this from using a lens of vacation.

A vacation is an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling or the action of leaving something one previously occupied as mostly described on the net or the dictionary. Defining it etymologically would draw us back to a Latin word “vacare” meaning “to be empty” and would be the colour of my lens.

Many times when we go for the sacrament of penance, we take a vacation from sin and in so doing have emptied ourselves of sin. We forget that the space left vacant has to be filled with God’s grace and love. We move on back to our secular world without first filling that empty space. This has to be occupied so as to prevent the day-to-day fall into sin. One might then go ahead to challenge me by asking why some people still sin when they are sure that the space has been filled. My answer is simple, the space is “half-filled” and only full-filled by God. 


And unless we always come back to the Father and allow Him to half-fill us as we live, for we know we shall be full-filled when we see Him as He really is, we are prone to always fall back into sin. I would implore you to always try to ask for God’s grace to always get up when we fall.


Ainomugisha Matthew

                                       

Bobo-Dioulasso - Année Spirituelle



Prise d'Habit - le Samedi 24 octobre 2015 - Clothing Ceremony



Entrée en procession des novices pour la Messe solennelle d’entrée de 20 jeunes dans la Société des Missionnaires d’Afrique avec la prise d’habit





Les gandouras sur une table devant l'autel - Joie des novices d'avoir reçu la gandoura.


Les novices avec leurs formateurs

P. Manolo Gallego




Friday, 16 October 2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Congratulations Mother Uganda!

Michael raising the Ugandan flag

The Ugandans of Lavigerie House wish all citizens of this country a grace-filled 53rd Independence Day celebration. On this day we pray in a special way for those who lost their lives for the love of this nation.  We also express our gratitude to the different institutions and individuals who have made this country what it is. Thank you and May God bless you abundantly.


Uganda is such a beautiful country with a beautiful history. It is the Pearl of Africa. It was granted independence on 9th/Oct/1962 by the British government. From 1962-1963, the country was under the leadership of the Governor-General who represented the Monarch of the United Kingdom. It was on 9th/Oct/1963 that Uganda became a Republic with a democratically elected president. Uganda has experienced the tenet of 9 presidents from the time of independence. I think it is profoundly important to appreciate their efforts in shaping this lovely nation. Each of them had his own weakness, but in spite of their human condition they have led Uganda through to greater horizons.


Evodious, Patrick, Evaristo and Brother Venancio cutting the cake during the Independence Day celebration

We rejoice for the peace experienced in this country. Uganda is so far one of the Africa’s peaceful countries. Uganda has a beautiful people, so warm, friendly and open-hearted to one another and the Gospel. As Uganda is born anew, we pray that Ugandans may grow in love of God and one another. We especially in this critical moment pray that politicians may accept to work together for the common good. May the papal visit this year be a source of inspiration and transformation of minds and hearts of all Ugandans.

For God and My Country!


Longoli Michael  

Monday, 5 October 2015

"Praise Be to You"



The 8th day of the month of September is one dedicated to celebrating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Christ. Like any of us she was born, yet she merits the privilege of being conceived without the stain of Original sin as celebrated exactly three month after this feast. The birth of the Blessed Virgin is a proclamation of the fulfillment of the ancient promise. It announces the birth of the new Eve, she through whom arose the Sun of Justice, the prince of peace, the son of the most high God. Christ the Lord from whom we sing the song of the redeemed.
Our institute, Queen of Apostles Philosophy Centre Jinja, is dedicated to the care of the Blessed Virgin. That through her intercessions, we may always merit the blessings of the All benevolent God. The entire PCJ family marked the feast day with a reflection on the Holy Father Pope Francis’ new Encyclical “Laudato si”. The day was animated by Fr. Dr. Sulpicius Tumushabe of the diocese of Kabale, Uganda, working as senior lecture at Kyambogo University.
On LAUDATO SI, mi signore
The Holy Father’s new encyclical Laudato Si is a reflection on the human relationship with its habitat; the planet earth.  It is an invitation to the care of the environment; what belongs to us. Pope Francis specially refers to this habitat as our common home. If it is common therefore, the ecological sustenance will entirely depend on whatever inhabits it. Common responsibility is a duty of all, for God has endowed us with the faculty of reason to know the right thing to do for our Common Home. This piece is an inspiration from Laudato si, it is an ingestion, a look from a personal dimension.
Non-human creation just as humans deserves to be treated with integrity. It demands us a gentle touch. It is so absurd that over the decades rather centuries, humans have been too cruel to the environment. Just as there is a lot of violence growing with the human family. It seems the interconnectedness that exists in creation is invariable. There seems to be neglect or loss of the intelligence to be concern, and to be in touch with our home. I don’t think it is by serendipity that God made us stewards and co-creators. God, in fact had good reasons. Neither was it accidental that those who lived before us tried in their own way to keep the environment. It would be appropriate to ask, is there need to conserve and to consider nature?
The forests, the waters, the air, etc will rarely wake up the next morning and begin complaining “You people are unkind to us”. They won’t bubble words, but rather communicate in another way; the language of action. They will speak in terms of draught (little food to eat), disease (polluted air and water), global warming, etc. then we ask ourselves what happened? The environment has spoken the unpleasant language, that none of us would love to listen to. The governmental and non- governmental organizations begin to seek measures. Wasn’t it better to prevent?
When we don’t care for our environment, we offend one another. This implies that by conserving the nature, we are being indirectly dutiful to one another as the family of mankind. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant put it this way “Destructiveness is immoral; we ought not to destroy things which can still be put to some use. No man ought to mar the beauty of nature; for what he has no use for may still be of some use someone else”[1] our inattentiveness to natures permeates to realm of morality, so to say. We ought to be present to the environment in view of creating a harmonious surrounding and concern for the generations of tomorrow.

Iwuala Nicholas

[1] Immanuel Kant, Lectures on Ethics, trans, Lewis white Beck, 1963, p.241.