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Conversion is more than a bandage

Conversion is more than a bandage

March 31.  Jacob belonged to his parish Justice and Peace group and worked in the prison too.  “That is for my sins” he used to say. “But that is where I am able to put a different dimension on J&P.  Yes, people are guilty, some, not all, admit it and I feel...

Does gender-based violence demand justice and mercy?

Does gender-based violence demand justice and mercy?

Ernestina shared with her friends, “I got quite a shock when I read the story of Susanna in the book of Daniel the other day.  Was abuse of women and lying officials already common in those Biblical times?”  “For sure, society hasn't really changed has it, but wasn’t...

Sunday 5 Lent. The life of the world to come.

Sunday 5 Lent. The life of the world to come.

When Father Sylvester preached about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead he focused on the words of Jesus “I am the Resurrection and the life”  and was able to bring a new understanding to the passage in the light of creation.  “I agree with Pope Francis and the...

Families, justice and the value of work

Families, justice and the value of work

Boetie stressed his point.  “You see, I'm right. I know I'm right and expect the judge to uphold my point of view.” Labour disputes and even family disputes are not just reasoned out like that. “Circumstances do have an influence too. A poor child stealing to buy...

Is Covid-19 a call to conversion?

Is Covid-19 a call to conversion?

After Mass a few men stayed chatting. “Politicians aren't the only people it is hard to trust.  In every situation there are greedy, self-centred people just out to feather their own nest and eager to trap and exploit you.  Even friends betray friends. What kind of...

Dealing with the stiff-necked

Dealing with the stiff-necked

March 26.  “There are a few things that puzzle me about God and his justice,” Nathan said to Phyllis. “I believe God was quite justified in being fed up with the Israelites when they started grumbling against him. When these teenagers of yours are so stubborn I really...

Annunciation feast

Annunciation feast

POPE FRANCIS INVITATION TO PRAY OUR FATHER TOGETHER AT NOON ON 25 MARCH FOR INTERCESSION ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC  Pearl shared her insights with the others on the feast of the Annunciation. “Mary, a young girl and betrothed to be married, had her life completely turned...

A beggar’s life

A beggar’s life

Outside the church on Sunday morning there was a whole row of beggars. “Me, me, please help me, give me, just R5 madam!” “I never know what to do and always feel bad, like I don't trust them,” Maysie thought. “What would Jesus do?”  “You know full well,” the little...

Evangelising with compassion

Evangelising with compassion

Manny had wanted to become a prison warder, but not because he had that nasty cruel streak that we tend to think of when we think of prison life.  Ever since he had a met a prison chaplain and heard his stories about life in prison he had a strange feeling of...

Sunday Lent 4A. Healing the Blind

Sunday Lent 4A. Healing the Blind

At first when they discovered that Yusuf was born blind Cornelia was worried. Had it been because of having measles when she was pregnant?  But she learned to live with the reality and the family rallied around until little Yusuf became quite independent. Later, when...

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