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EDITORIAL

VOCATIONS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

There were threepre-seminary workshops, one in each area of the Diocese: Tusimpe, Chimuniko and Dingindlela pastoral centers. Many boys attended these workshops. The number of boys attending the workshops is increasing. We thank the Christian communities and the priests for encouraging and supporting the boys to attend the pre-seminary workshops.

In the issue of May 2014 I said that in the month of July is a special month when we are all called to pray for vocations. I once more say to you all continue praying for our boys especially those who attended the pre-seminary courses so that they may listen generously to the voice of God and make a positive response: A “Yes” to Christ

Fr. Jimu Muleya,
Vocations Promoter,
Hwange Diocese

THE JOURNEY TO THE ALTAR

This journey takes long but that does not mean being ordained the journey ends. Instead it is the beginning of the journey with the people of God. It is like following the star and when the star disappears one has not to stop, rather always walk ahead. How do I walk ahead, then? This is a question I asked myself several times when the star was invisible in front of me. Most of the times I went back to God and asked Him, Lord were to from here?, and it was not easy always. Times would come where I faced difficult challenges but all I did was to give it to the Lord, as my spiritual director would always say, “When you face those difficulties it is the proper  time that the Lord is close to you and it is the very moment when He is with you. Hence call on Him and tell Him your difficulties’’.

Of importance in this journey is to always rely on God without which we are powerless. We ought to rely on Him for this ministry is His ministry; it is Him who called us by name. This is what always remained in my mind throughout the journey to the altar. Though I have arrived at the altar and am serving at the altar, still I need God to help me in the new journey I have embarked on. And I told myself that with God all is well. Wherever I am or go let me remain a preacher by my own life.

            Today here I am not because am intelligent nor out of my own power but it was through the power of God and the prayers of you my brothers and sisters. May you continue praying for me as before for the journey has just begun and it needs your prayers. THE VOICE THAT CALLED ME SHOULD ALWAYS REMAIN IN ME AND SHOULD LISTEN TO THAT VOICE ALWAYS
                                                                                                                                
Fr. Brillie T Chuma

How do I feel about Priesthood

 

Priesthood is a calling from God. A priest is a person who leads the church of God, prays with the people of God and also prays for them. He puts others first and himself last like Jesus. He is always close to the poor and the outcast. Also he gives services to the needy through Caritas.

I strongly feel that a priest is a qualified member in the community or representative of God who when not present in our midst, the church as a whole malfunctions.
In person he is a spiritual father to the multitude who teaches us the way, the truth and shows us the light which leads us to our heavenly father God.

As he deals with many different people who vary greatly in character, temperament, sex, reasoning and intellect, as a priest, he should guide, lead, persuade, drive the members of the church in a God fearing manner. With the God given qualities of a shepherd, he must be patient, slow to judge, be loving, approachable, a good listener and also give sound advice to those who need it.

I strongly feel that a priest is a very important person in the Catholic Church and if he is not available the church as a whole will be deprived so much in celebration and reception of the Eucharist, baptism, matrimonial blessing, forgiveness in confession, burial, etc

By Penelope Sibanda
Senior CYA. St George’s

NEVER ALONE

One night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord when, across the sky were strung scenes from my life.

As I passed each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand –one belonged to me and the other to the Lord. When we passed the last scene of my life I looked back at the footprints and noticed that at times there was only one set of footprints. I noticed that this happened at the very lowest and saddest times of my life.

I asked the Lord about this, reminding Him  that He had promised to be with me always, but that I noticed one set of footprints when the going was hardest.

The Lord replied: “My child, I would never leave you  during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints it was then that I carried you in my shoulders”.

From unknown author

 

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