Loneliness: A Reflection
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Loneliness: A Reflection

Father Guido Gockel MHM writes a monthly column for the diocesan newspaper in Sabah, Malaysia. Loneliness Loneliness is a universal experience. It may affect everyone, the rich and poor, the healthy and sick.  No one can take away their pain and suffering.  What people go through in loneliness is often unimaginable, as we have seen during the…

Awaking Inside: Religious Formation Ministry Programme at Loreto House, Ireland
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Awaking Inside: Religious Formation Ministry Programme at Loreto House, Ireland

Sr. Samira Gill, a Presentation Sister from Pakistan, dedicated her life to serving the poor. But that left no time to understand her own spiritual needs. Then she joined the one-year Religious Formation Ministry Programme, or RFMP, at Loreto House in Blackrock, County Dublin, in Ireland. “I was ignoring myself,” said Gill, 38. “This course has helped me…

Saint Augustine: Thinking Faith
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Saint Augustine: Thinking Faith

Augustine’s faith was essentially a thinking faith, endeavouring to bring together the belief of his heart and the abilities of his mind. This is well illustrated by the fact that his favourite verse from scripture was a [mis]quotation from Isaiah 7:9, ‘If you do not believe, then you will not understand.’ Faith seeks understanding: faith…

Less is More: A Young Missionary’s Challenging Reflections
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Less is More: A Young Missionary’s Challenging Reflections

Today I went to visit one of the IDP‘s family I am helping here in Douala with the support of Fr. Adolf Pöll through Caritas – to pay the rent for them. It is a small single room; there’s no inside kitchen, no toilet only an outside toilet which all the tenants are using. They…

Levels of Resonance – A Personal Reflection
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Levels of Resonance – A Personal Reflection

THE JOY OF MISSION APPEALS: Resonance with South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Bamenda….. Like many, I always begin my Mission appeals with self introduction of where I come from, where I studied and where I am based.  I always wish I had time to say not just my geographical and external voyage which unintentionally may evoke…

Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island
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Schiermonnikoog – Grey Monks’ Island

A few years ago a small band of Trappist monks moved from a large – surplus to requirements – abbey near Deventer in The Netherlands to the small island of Schiermonnikoog off the northern coast. They thus revived an ancient monastic presence. (Schiermonnikoog in the local dialect means “grey monks’ island”) Their very modest small…

Saint John Vianney – The Hiddenness of Priestly Life
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Saint John Vianney – The Hiddenness of Priestly Life

Our culture makes us want to know who we are.  It commands us to ‘be ourselves’, to be the masters and makers of our lives; this is the ultimate freedom.  But the priest is not self-made; all he has, he has received.  This is the mystery at the centre of his life and in every…