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Keeping in mind the promises made by a couple before the altar in Church at their wedding, a man and woman promise to look after each other “in sickness and in health” among other promises they make at the same time. This is significant because we tend to handle most of what comes our way in life on our own. But in sickness we are often unable to do this. We need the help of someone else.

Recently I was hospitalised at St John (Diocesan) Hospital in Mzuzu with gastro-intestinal infection that gave me a two-day stay there recovering on IV drips and medication. In sickness I found I could not take care of myself as I usually can do. I needed someone else to find extra blankets, put the mosquito net in place, take me to the hospital when the fever became dangerous, and stay in the hospital room with me until I was conscious again.

We need each other. Sometimes we prefer to be alone, and need to be alone. But there are times we need others in our lives to be a help and offer love and friendship. We are individuals but we are interconnected. “No man is an island” we hear. And that is indeed true. We are bridged one to another in our common humanity, and in the Kingdom of God as disciples. When any one member is suffering we need to have a great concern. And turn that concern outward to reach those who are most in need where ever they are.

“…sick and you cared for me…” – Jesus




Music and Liturgy, where is our inheritance?

Most of the music found in parishes today has not been reflective of the wishes of the Second Vatican Council, but have been introduced since 1970 into the Liturgy to match the new style of Mass and the vernacular languages through a poor understanding of the documents of the Council. The Second Vatican Council states clearly in Sacrosanctum Concilium (36 and 116) that Gregorian chant and the Latin language were to continue as before as the centre pieces of liturgical music of the Catholic Church.

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I wonder…

And how many priests and prelates are well aware of this state of affairs and would rather look away? How many would rather deal with fund raising and parish retention programmes and New Evangelisation programmes which may be or are in actual fact void of the deeper meaning of the Sacraments and how to live them in our daily lives?

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When Time Moves

At the end of one year and the beginning of another there is a pause as we think back of the year gone by and perhaps give a general assessment of what the year was like. This could be that it was a brilliant year, or as Queen Elizabeth noted in 1992 it was an “annus horribilis”. Our lives are seemingly divided by the arbitrary dates and spans of time.

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