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12th July 2020

Uganda: Testimony of a Trappist Monk

Timeline of the Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Victoria, Uganda. 1956 Foundation of Our Lady of Victory in Songhor (Kenya) at the request of bishop Frederick Hall mhm to Dom Willibrord van Dijk, abbot of the abbey of Koningshoeve, The Netherlands.The founding group is led by Father Pius Drijvers, the first superior. 1958 Relocation to Kipkelion (Kenya) due to drought in Songhor. Relocation takes … Read more

15th Sunday: The Sower

This parable and its explanation are part of the 13th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, the so-called ‘discourse of parables’. This is the third of the five discourses Jesus gives in this Gospel. The first time Jesus was sitting on a mountain and preached to his disciples (5:1-2). The second discourse was directed to twelve people to explain how they should behave when they were sent … Read more

Letter from Taizé

Brother Paolo writes: There are now a number of tents dotted over the camping field in Taizé, and at prayer times there are as many “other people” in the church as brothers of the community. This week there are more than 100 meeting participants, mostly from France and Germany. Visitors in the church need to sit on crosses marked with tape on the floor… Although the … Read more

2nd Cycle Formation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya: Blooming under COVID -19 Lockdown

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 at the end of December 2019, all sectors of human life the world over have experienced unprecedented change. After several months of lockdown and so many restrictions, we are getting used to the phrase the ‘new normal’ orchestrated by the coronavirus pandemic. While the race to search for a vaccine goes on, we are told again and again to keep … Read more

Sunday Reflection: The Costly Grace of Interruption

There is another, more costly type of grace that comes with interruption: it forces us to look at things we would often rather not look at, to allow our gaze to linger on what lurks in the shadows. I like the phrase: ‘what the eyes does not see, the heart cannot grieve over’. There is so much we do not see. There is so much … Read more

Our Families: Pope’s Prayer Intention for July

The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties. Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they … Read more

Pope Francis on Unity and Prophecy

On the feast of the two Apostles of this City, I would like to share with you two key words: unity and prophecy. Unity. We celebrate together two very different individuals: Peter, a fisherman who spent his days amid boats and nets, and Paul, a learned Pharisee who taught in synagogues. When they went forth on mission, Peter spoke to Jews, and Paul to pagans. And … Read more

Trust. A Poem

(TRUST    A light-hearted take on Pope Francis’ important  Urbi et Orbi meditation on 27 March 2020).     TRUST                                        (Mk 4,38) Off we go. All aboard ! All agreed, of one accord. See how the fishermen have scored; All big and little fish still stored, Some to eat and some to hoard – Hard work’s happy just reward. Don’t leave the Lord! With him around, our hopes … Read more

June 29: Peter and Paul

29 June is the day set apart in the Catholic world for the celebration of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Apart from Mary, the mother of Jesus, St Joseph and St John the Baptist, these are the only human figures commemorated in the calendar of the universal Church with a day given the rank of ‘Solemnity’. Like all saints, Peter and Paul did … Read more

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