It is not the first time that I seriously asked myself whether it is right to continue as a priest – or even as a catholic. I have many many reasons for this questioning position: from the “experience” I passed through to the “experience” of others.
“Experience”, indeed, as the old wisdom itself used to explain to us, Fr Joseph Bernard SJ, spiritual director of whole generations of priests and seminarians, has defined “experience” as : “experience is the name old people give to their mistakes”. And since I made so many mistakes in my life it is easier for me to become aware of others’ limitations; the games people play.
But when it seems that I have arrived at the end of the journey and make a u-turn, responsibly and conscientiously, then something crops up, unexpectedly, which tells me: “DON’T QUIT”.
And when the church I belong to seems to me that it is riddled with scandals and omerta’ there comes a man from Argentina who does not know how to behave as a Pope. His actions speak louder than words. He is clear-minded, orthodox, but innovative. As innovative as the Good News ought to be – the news of yesterday become stale.
It might be shocking for some to suggest priests without cassock, sisters without veils…but that’s what is being suggested! “We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends”.
Fear and lack of hope are the basic reasons for seeking protection from the cruel world outside. But the cruel world outside has always been like this. And it will continue to be like this. It’s the nature of the world. Christianity was born in a turbulent atheistic hedonistic Roman world amidst persecution and misunderstanding.
Yet Christians created a ‘mess’ and brought forward the genuineness of the Gospel message.
“Do not be afraid!” the future saint John Paul II, declared. On His words – not necessarily on the hierarchy – I do believe.
On the 20th of August 2013 I will be joining a 35-strong volunteers who are going to ‘mess’ in the Diocese of Embu, Kenya. http://kenyamissioninternational.blogspot.com/
Organized by Moviment Era Gdida it’s the third missionary experience we had. Nigeria and Albania offered us ‘experience’ to better serve others in Kenya.
It’s a Mission not volunteering work. It’s International because it is made up of various nationalities. Doctors, nurses, engineers, housewives, families, youths of 70 years and older ones of 17 years!
Our Projects range from a Desalination Plant to an Orphanage, from the Medical Team to the Construction Team, from painting and decoration of the Seminary in Embu to work hand-in-hand with the Gideon’s to organize and distribute The Bible in all schools of the Diocese.
We need your prayers and support. To create the ‘mess’ we need the ‘mass’ too.