Thursday, 29 March 2012

PREACHING: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD

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It goes without saying that it is never permitted to receive even the least recompense for preaching, or the administration of the sacraments, or any other ministry.
1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §1 Preaching
The Missionary co-operator of the Savior must imitate the example of the apostles:
“Give as freely as you have received! Don’t take any money in your money belts– no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed.”
Matthew 10:8-10
“There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.”   Mother Teresa
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PREACHING: WE ARE FILLED WITH WHAT WE TEACH BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO INSTRUCT OTHERS

The central aim of preaching for Eugene was to instruct and to give a message that would lead people into a deeper relationship with God and one another:

Monday, 26 March 2012

OMI: PREACHING, THE TEST OF A SUCCESSFUL SERMON

Posted on March 26, 2012 by frank Santucci

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We should see to it that, when our sermons are over, they, instead of presuming to bestow foolish admiration on what they have not understood,
will rather return to their homes instructed and well disposed,
instructed, and able to repeat in their families what they have learned from our lips.

1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §1 Preaching

When we sit down to prepare a sermon, we need to ask ourselves, “What message do I want the people to remember clearly as they walk out of the church and go back to their daily occupations?” Then, everything in the sermon is prepared in the light of that goal with only one desire: to instruct and to give an unforgettable message that will nourish the lives of the listeners throughout the week.

“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.”    Martin Yan

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PREACHING: CHEW THE BREAD OF THE WORD

Posted on March 24, 2012 by frank Santucci

The Missionaries, who spent a large part of their ministry in preaching the Gospel, needed to be clear about their priorities:

we must seek only to instruct the people,
to be attentive to the needs of the majority of the audience,
and we must not be content to break the bread of the Word of God for them,
but also, as it were, to chew it for them.

1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §1 Preaching

These four directives contain the heart of preaching for the Missionary. He had to be close to the people, so as to be aware of their needs. Only then could he respond by giving them the instruction that they needed.

Their aim was to feed their listeners with the Word of God – but not only in theory. Like a mother-bird feeding her chicks by having chewed the food first, they were to have chewed the Word themselves so as to nourish others. The Missionaries “chewed” the Word of God in their daily times of prayer and Gospel meditation and in trying their best to live it through the practice of the virtues, the lived values of the Kingdom. Then would the Missionary be able to say, like Saint Paul: “I hand on to you what I have received…”

“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Francis of Assisi

Friday, 23 March 2012

World News in Brief: A personal observation.

As the developing Countries are planning to break the American myth of always chairing the Presidency of the World Bank, President Barack Obama, a good politician he is, has giving a strong strike to counter every possible coalition among the rest of the World against his candidate. He has made a very rare and politically well thought change in his choice of possible occupant of the highest Bank of the Planet by nominating Jim Yong Kim as the possible next occupant of that important. 
The US government choice of Jim Yong Kim, an expert in global health which, according to SUDEEP REDDY’s analyzes, is not politically motivated is, from all indications false as Mr. Obama must have done so to bring an end to the move of the developing Countries to oppose the American traditional quest of occupying the seat of the Presidency of the World Bank. 
The choice of Dr Kim, who though born South Korean was

The World News in Brief: A quick look at both the National and the International actualities and News by Alison

The dialogue between Boko Haram and the Federal government of Nigeria that was lastly said to have failed seems to have recommenced. The FG and the Boko Haram, a terrorist group who have rendered the Jonathan led government ungovernable and have brought term to the life of more than 1200 people since its beginning in the year 2009.
From certain sources, the FG and the Boko Haram have engaged in an indirect talk to bring to end the sporadic killings and bombing of public infrastructures, Churches Mosques, bars etc. The group who though deny the fact, has recently been named as responsible for the recent execution of two western hostages, has appeared to be beyond the governmental control and therefore carry out their killings and lootings almost undisturbed. 
Do you ask yourself why every year, billions of dollars are set apart to fight poverty?
Do you come to question the efficiency of that measure? From all indications, the campaign instead of reducing poverty makes the gap between the rich and the poor wider than normal. The rich becomes richer and the poor poor and poorer. Why has it been so?

OMI: PREACHING, NOISY GONGS AND CLANGING CYMBALS

Posted: 22 Mar By Frank Santucci, omi

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As an outstanding preacher himself, Eugene had no patience with the flowery preachers who had style and played with words but had no solid content. His diary entries spare them no criticism, and in his Rule he wanted to ensure that his Missionaries never fell into this trap.

It should be understood that it is in direct opposition to the spirit of our Rule to aim at elegance of style in preaching, rather than solidity of doctrine.
Too many preachers want to be admired for the magnificence of their eloquence and the brilliance of their studied language; we must follow another way;

1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §1 Preaching

”If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1

“Don’t you know, priests, why our sermons do not touch the people’s heart? Because we do not preach to the eyes, only to the ears.” Antonio Vieira

Thursday, 22 March 2012

World News in brief: A personal daily observation of the fast moving World by Alison

From the North through the west, the day has been full of stories ranging from good news through unfavorable ones. The major ones are the imminent travel of the Pope Benedict XVI, Coup d'état in Mali, the decision of UN asking the Colombo government to investigate the killings that took place during the long lasted civil war, the death of Mohamed Mera after a 30 hours of attempt to bring him under control by the French military. The points in detail: 
Pope Benedict XVI is travelling tomorrow effectuating his second apostolic visit to the Latin America. The visit will take the Pope from Mexico through Cuba. From the Papal Nuncio to Mexico, the Pope is highly waited for by the people of Mexico. He will be passing two days in Mexico before moving to Cuba.

OMI: PREACHING, WHO YOU ARE SPEAKS SO LOUDLY I CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING by Frank Santucci, omi

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In our exploration of the 1818 Rule , we have seen how Eugene set out the goals of the Missionaries: preach the Gospel to the most abandoned, make up for the loss of the Orders and to correct the ravages caused by corrupt priests. Then 15 pages follow on the preaching of parish missions. [These have been dealt with in detail in the entries above from November 6, 2010 to March 26, 2011]
The following section of the Rule is entitled “Other exercises – Preaching.” He situates what he is about to say on the topic of preaching within the context of the ends of the Congregation that he has dealt with before:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

OMI: OBLATION AS A NEW HEART, A NEW SPIRIT, A NEW MISSION by frank Santucci


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Having enthused about the lofty ideals of the Missionaries and having drawn up the plan of action to achieve them, Eugene now returns to reality. The Nota Bene was written in response to the havoc being caused in the Church by priests who were not living up to the ideals of their vocation, who were blocking the way to God for others through their bad example. So he returns to that painfully negative theme.
We have to penetrate even more deeply – to the very heart of the sanctuary, to sweep away so much refuse collected at its entryway, its interior to the very steps of the altar where the Sacred Victim is sacrificed,
The ministry of those who have remained faithful, despite persecution, danger of death and derision and indifference, is compared with a fire struggling to stay lit. The Missionaries must help these priests at all costs:

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Africa, the Continent of many Specialists and few or no experts by Alison

If there is any continent that draw more attention in the World, it should be Africa. From a recent observation, it appears that any International Journal without a topic on Africa lags behind. The most interesting aspect of it all is that it seems the best way to make a website popular is to attribute a column to this black Continent.
One only need to have a look at such important journals or News sites like New York Times, Vanguard, Osservatorio Romano, Le Monde, Washington Post, BBC, VOA, Al Jazeera, etc. to find out that at the default of fresh news, one has to recycle News already published in order to satisfy the new and important demand in African News.
However, just like the Nigerian literature Guru, Chinua Achebe said it, “until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters”, the News about Africa has always been know to be about war, hunger, famine, analphabetism, poverty, AIDS, terrorism, piracy, just name them for the simple fact that the continent compared to the west, woefully lag behind in journalism, in particular and in communication in general. I have no intention though, to deny the existence of these facts. Far from that! I am just of the opinion that there is a stereotyped view of the Continent by the western World. This particular problem is one of the issue that Chimamanda discusses in her speech, The danger of a single Story,
 
Chimamanda Adichie, in one of her paper presentations, precisely during her Speech at the University of Amsterdam, at the 13th debate in the Narratives for Europe - Stories that Matter series, held on 18th April 2011. Chimamanda in her paper entitled “the Stories that Europe tells himself about Africa”  explains that the problem of many Europeans, is that they are victims of a single story of Africa. She made it clear, using the famous Dakar speech of President Nicholas Sarkozy of France. I would want to comment her speech here for it is so wonderfully done that any comment might attenuate it. Here is the Speech:

OMI: HUMAN, CHRISTIAN, SAINT by frank Santucci

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How to make this ideal a reality in the lives of the people the Missionaries were serving? Their methodology had three steps:
to make men reasonable
then Christians
and finally to help them become saints.
1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One, §3. Nota Bene.
Missions, 78 (1951) p. 16
Firstly, it was necessary to come into contact with the human reality of each one.
The Word became human and made his home among us” (John 1:14).

Friday, 16 March 2012

Celebrating the Resilience of African Women by Zainab Usman

I am proposing you another strong write-up by a strong and influencial Nigerian analyst. I t is a must read as it is an eye opener on some ignored fact about African women.

I should have known that ambition and success were not to be expected in an African woman. An African woman should be a good African woman whose qualities should be coyness, shyness, submissiveness, incompetence and crippling dependency. A highly educated independent African woman is bound to be dominant, aggressive, uncontrollable, a bad influence.

                 — Professor Wangari Mathaai (1979) right after the collapse of her marriage with Mwangi Mathai

The month of March has a number of internationally recognized days celebrating women’s accomplishments, achievements and the special place women occupy in society. There is the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated globally on March 8th and the forthcoming Mother’s day celebrated between March and April depending on the country. In the case of the former, the IWD, despite (ironically) having its origins in socialist political events and worker’s movements in the early 1900s, by 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations (UN) began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March and by 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed by Member States. The official UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty.” All over the world, women everyday are taking giant strides in breaking free of stereotypes and in improving their lives, those of their families and of their communities. In Sub-Saharan Africa as well, women are doing remarkable things – from Nobel Prize winners recognized by the international community to the ordinary women doing extra-ordinary things every day.

When strong African women are mentioned, heavy weights come to mind such as the late Kenyan activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Muta Maathai who passed away in September 2011. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 which planted over 30 million trees, she was an advocate for better sustainability in the management of natural resources, she worked with women to improve their livelihoods by increasing their access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water and was a pro-democracy and human rights activist. Others include Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female elected African Head of State, who won the Nobel peace prize last year for her efforts in rebuilding post-conflict Liberia such as negotiating significant debt relief, anti-corruption efforts, starting the truth and reconciliation commission to address crimes committed during the Liberian civil war and overseeing a rise in school enrolment by 40%. Sirleaf shared the Nobel laurel with fellow Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee who mobilised Christian and Muslim women in Liberia to call for an end to the brutal 14-year civil war by fasting, praying and campaigning for an immediate ceasefire and dialogue between the government and the rebels, and also convincing Charles Taylor to step down. The award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell  chronicles the incredible efforts of Gbowee and her women’s movement in ending the civil war. Others include internationally renowned Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working, Siza Mzimela the CEO of South African Airways, Mariéme Jamme a London-based philanthropist, technologist and social entrepreneur, and so many others.

 

Chimamanda Adichie

Coming closer home, in Nigeria, we have heavy weights such as Professor Dora Akunyili former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) who has received international recognition and awards for her work in public health and pharmacology; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala the Harvard-educated first female Minister of Finance in Nigeria, famous for negotiating the historic debt cancellation of $18 billion (60%) of Nigeria’s external debt with the Paris Club in 2005 and for fostering greater fiscal transparency in government. Though her reputation and popularity in Nigeria slightly plunged due to her prominent role in the Nigerian government’s recent removal of fuel subsidy, she still remains a powerful and brilliant woman who has made an indelible mark in a terrain dominated by men. Okonjo-Iweala is listed on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Black Women and Forbes Africa’s list of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa. There is also Mrs. Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, currently a World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region responsible for projects, economic and sectoral work in 47 Sub-Saharan countries; Mrs. Amina Ibrahim, a Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals, described by BBC reporter Mark Doyle as a “frank and intelligent woman”. Also worthy of note is Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar (CON) the first female Supreme Court justice in Nigeria, and Mrs. Ifueko Omogui the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)responsible for driving institutional changes to reform the tax system in Nigeria.Outside the public sector, we have young up and coming women who are blazing the trail in their various fields of endeavour such as the award winning writer Chimamanda Adichie  listed on the Forbes’ 20 Youngest Power Women of Africa and Nollywood movie stars such as Genevieve Nnaji, who is regarded as “Africa’s most revered actress” and one of the most influential celebrities in Africa. There are many more of such amazing and inspiring women in Nigeria and across Africa.

By far, one of the most remarkable and extraordinary instances of a woman’s resilience in the harsh terrain in Sub Saharan Africa is that of Rabi’atu Abubakar Mashi, the female truck-driver with Dangote Cement company, in the conservative Northern state of Katsina, perhaps the only female truck driver in Northern Nigeria. Hers is a story of courage as she defies stereotypes whilst eking out a living doing something traditionally not associated with women neither in the developed world nor in the developing world. Her interview with the Weekly Trust newspaper HERE reveals that:

As a divorcee with two children it can be inferred that Rabi’atu’s income comes in handy in catering to her basic needs and that of her children, keeping her self sufficient, in an environment where the rate of divorces is reaching alarming proportions and divorced women who are typically without meaningful sources of livelihoods end up as dependents and a liability to themselves and their families. Interestingly, Rabi’atu acknowledges that she is doing something extraordinary and hopes that other women will follow the trail she has blazed. Having successfully trained and mentored another woman, she confirms that her protégé could soon start driving her own truck for the same company. Additionally, Rabi’atu is mindful of her deeply conservative environment built on mostly cultural and Islamic prescriptions which place a high level of importance on marriage. Thus she hopes to be remarry but prays that her husband doesn’t discourage her from the lucrative truck driving business she is very passionate about.

This is an amazing story of strength, courage and resilience. For pursuing her dreams in a tough environment and perhaps inspiring other women to take charge of their destinies and empower themselves, Rabi’atu deserves to be crowned woman of the year. I am probably over-excited and stretching it a bit, but a Nigerian Woman of the Year award would do. The fact that she is from my home state, Katsina is a plus and a feel-good factor for me. There are certainly many more women like Rabi’atu all around the world setting the pace in their own unique way, yet it is their individual efforts which collectively make a difference.

Source: ZAINAB’S MUSINGS

NOTA BENE: DRESSING HIS MISSIONARIES FROM HEAD TO TOE by Frank Santucci

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“It is only after having dressed his missionaries from head to foot in this solid armor of virtue that Bishop de Mazenod allows himself to say to them: then, full of confidence ….”

YENVEUX, A. Les saintes Règles de la Congrégation des Missionnaires Oblats de Marie Immaculée d’après les écrits, les leçons et l’esprit de Mgr. C.J.E. de Mazenod,
Paris, 1903, vol. 1, p. 17

To answer the question as to what the Missionary must do in order to become an apostolic man – a co-operator of the Savior, Eugene spells out the “virtues and examples of our Savior Jesus Christ” that they must “strive to imitate:”

We must work seriously to become saints, walk courageously in the footsteps of so many apostles who have left us such fine examples of virtue in the exercise of a ministry to which, like them, we are called to;

Thursday, 15 March 2012

OMI: NOTA BENE, THE SCHOOL OF JESUS by Frank Santucci, omi

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 in Eugene de Mazenod speaks to us. Just a click on the link will bring you in full contact with much more other elaborated texts. Do not forget to have a look on it.

In his Rule, Eugene shares his enthusiastic vision that embraces the whole world. The way to “become” this ideal is to do what Jesus did:

In a word, put into practice the same means our Savior employed when he wanted to convert the world; you will achieve the same results.

Looking at what Jesus did, Eugene began “first of all to form a group” modeled on the group that Jesus formed with the apostles. Jesus had given the apostles an ideal, centered on the Kingdom of God that they were unable to grasp fully, and a world-wide commission that was beyond their capacity of understanding. For this they needed to be continually formed by the Holy Spirit in the “school of Jesus.”

What did Our Lord Jesus Christ do? He chose a certain number of apostles and

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Nigerian literature guru

I have always and will always continue to think that in matters of literature, Nigeria has always and will always continue to offer to the World series of strong literature gurus. Starting from Achebe, Soyinka, Chimamanda, C. Ezeanya etc. African literature development will continue to speak of Nigerian novelist with due reverence. However, it baffles me to note that most of them have in one way or the other either developed their talent or made it more pronouncing outside the Nigerian school system. Why is it that they become stronger outside Nigeria? Could it be that the nation do not give the necessary condition or that their effort are easily compensated outside the Nigerian sector?
Anyway, what I believe is important here is that, in matters of potentialities, the nation has enough human resources. All we might need to do is to give them the necessary conditions to fly on their fully blown wings.
I propose to you this strong write-up. It’s a must read for all who know what it means to appreciate a work of art. 

Things fall together

Rollins' Winter With the Writers series comes to a close with a reading by Chimamanda Adichie, the best-known Nigerian author since Chinua Achebe

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By Jessica Bryce Young
Published: February 23, 2012

Chimamanda Adichie

Reading, onstage interview and signing
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
Rollins College, Bush Auditorium
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park
407-646-2000
rollins.edu/winterwiththewriters
free
For at least 50 years, Rollins College has sponsored a February celebration of literature, a monthlong cold-weather feast of contemporary writers. The 2012 edition of Winter With the Writers, as it’s come to be known, is as always a superior mix of writers, but they’ve saved the best for last: winner of multiple prestigious lit awards, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and one of the New Yorker’s 20 best writers under 40

OMI: NOTA BENE: Example is Leadership and others by Frank Santucci, omi


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The remedy to the tragic situation of the Church – and specifically to the harm done by the “laziness, indifference and corruption among the priests” -  proposed by Eugene is that of the good example of the priests. “Example is leadership,” said Albert Schweitzer – and it was difficult to find anyone more convinced of this than Eugene himself.
We recognize the familiar foundational themes that he constantly came back to: in the footsteps of the apostles, “be” in order to “do”, “all for God” etc.:
The achieving of this end will require the forming of apostles, who, after having become convinced of the necessity of their own reform: “take care about what you do,” should work with all their strength to convert others:
 ”Take great care about what you do and what you teach and thus you will save both yourself and those who listen to you” (I Timothy 4:16).
And as we have seen that the real source of the evil is the indifference, the avarice and corruption of the priests, once these abuses will have been reformed, the others will cease as well.
See to it that you have zealous, altruistic and solidly virtuous priests and soon you will bring back to the fold the people who have wandered away from their duties.
1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One. The ends of the Institute, §3. Nota Bene.
Missions, 78 (1951) p. 15
In 1818 he was writing this for his own Missionary priests. In 1826 this text was modified into what today we know as the “Preface” addressed to all the members of the Mazenodian family. If we want to make a difference to the 21st century, the same principles still apply: people must be able to recognize in the quality of our lives that which we preach to others.

“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”           Abraham Lincoln
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NOTA BENE: ANALYSIS BEFORE ACTION

The Missionaries, dedicated to the process of rebuilding the post-revolution Church of France, dedicated their lives to bringing these abandoned victims of the revolution into the fullness of communion with Jesus Christ and the members of his Body. In order to be effective, it was necessary to have a clear analysis of the situation they were wanting to respond to through their ministry.

Friday, 9 March 2012

A Nigerian ignored Author

The saying that “it’s only in his village that a prophet has no value” can easily be verified by the simple Nigerian appreciation of her prominent writers. I have come to discover many strong Nigerian writers outside my own Country. I used to think I was well informed of my people and their capacity but only to come and discover how ignorant I was about my own fellow citizens. I made these discoveries first, in our neighbouring African countries and actually I am still discovering more here in a real foreign land. 
I am well aware many might be tempted to say it was my fault. Yes, I accept that, but I must also confess that the system permitted me to remain ignorant for a long period of time. How would I have come in contact with authors when I started my secondary education in a village school where the only existing library had around 300 books for more than 400 students, school manuals included? How could I have come in contact with authors when I was not really made to understand why I must read extra curriculum texts? Was there really motivations if not just the desire to appear before the assembly as one of the brilliant students in the school during the announcement of the result? In fact, circumstances and environment did not expose me, just like millions other Nigerian students, to readings outside the normal school syllabus.

OMI: NOTA BENE – TAKE NOTE! by Frank Santucci

Having reflected on the damage caused to the Church by bad priests, Eugene dipped his quill into the inkwell and launched into an impassioned reflection of the vocation of the Missionary. NOTA BENE, he writes: take note!

The text that follows is known to us as “The Preface” in the form in which we have received it.

Eugene aimed to counteract the ravage caused by bad priests by holding up the ideal of what the Oblate Missionary priest is

What more sublime purpose than that of their Institute!
Their founder is Jesus Christ, the very Son of God;
their first fathers are the Apostles.
They are called to be the Saviour’s co-workers, the co-redeemers of mankind

1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One. The ends of the Institute, §3. Nota Bene.
Missions, 78 (1951) p. 15

Here in a succinct manner is the kernel of the Missionary vocation for all who are inspired to live by Eugene’s dream.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

OMI: Men of special missions

One of those areas where the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate continue to show their love for the most abandoned and desire to assure that justice is not just a desire but a reality is in peace talk. Here is a good example of such involvement. In this article: Muslim clerics back gun amnesty in ARMM By John Unson[1] we can see a pratical example of such areas where the Oblates remain in contact with the people to whom they are sent.
In most parts of ARMM, only members of police-accredited gun clubs keep licensed guns both for sports and protection. Most local residents, especially those locked in clan wars,  prefer to stockpile undocumented firearms. (JOHN UNSON)
COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Muslim clerics are ready to support the enforcement of a general firearm registration amnesty program in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
But the group noted that this can only be done if the government puts up more courts in the area with  judges courageous enough to litigate high-profile cases to establish the semblance of strong justice system.

OMI: FAULTY INSTRUMENTS by Frank Santucci

So far we have seen that in the Rule, Eugene specified that the main aim of the Missionaries was to preach the Gospel to the most abandoned. Then he began to list the secondary aims, starting with that of making up for the vacuum left in the Church by the disappearance of the religious orders. He continued with a third aim:

Article 1. A no less important end of their Institute, an end they will as zealously strive to achieve as they do the main end, is that of clergy reform and of repairing to the full extent possible to them the evil caused in the past and still being caused by unworthy priests…

(A reflection and the full text, with its strong condemnatory language, can be found above in the entries of June 9 – 14, 2010)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Some Roman streets dedicated to Missionary Oblates, from the Oblate Communications

23/02/2012 Italy

Last December, Lucia Borzaga, the sister of Father Mario, whose process for beatification is in motion, received notice from the Acilia district of Rome about some streets dedicated to Oblates. Father Angelo PELIS asked for confirmation of this from the appropriate office in the city of Rome. The person responsible for the committee that chooses names, Doctor De Pascalis, responded immediately. It should be noted that in Rome, street names in various parts of the city are reserved for particular groups. For example, many of the streets near the General House are named after popes and cardinals. In other areas, they are named for literary figures or politicians.


OMI: KEEPING ALIVE THE IDEALS OF DESTROYED MONASTERIES by Frank Santucci

As one must have noticed, we are actually bringing to a general knowledge, certain aspects of life of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, omi. We deem it necessary, however, to notify that the articles are not ours as we must have recognized it, but that of Fr. Frank Santucci, omi, specialist of the founder of the omis. We are just sharing these articles from his blog dedicated to the founder, Eugene de Mazenod speaks to us. Surely, one will need to visit his blog[1] to appreciate his work and effort.

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Oblates of mary Immaculates, Who we are by Frank Santucci, omi

The first article of the Constitution of any group is always the one which defines the purpose and juridical nature of the group. Eugene’s first paragraph does exactly this.
 The purpose of the Institute of the Missionaries of Provence
Until 1826 we were known as the Missionaries of Provence, before changing the name to Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
is first of all to form a group of priests who live together
Our vocation is always to community on the model of Jesus and the apostles.

Minister lists gains of Nigeria-Vatican City relationship By Gbenga Omokhunu

One of those moves we have always solicited from Nigerian government is this last move of the Jonathan led government. It has been a long awaited development for the Nigeria, as the said giant of Africa to join the steps of the giants in establishing its embassy with the smallest but one of the most powerful, influential and important State of the World. It is a good move that should be encouraged as many smaller countries in Africa and strongest Countries in the World, including Islamic and communist countries, have their embassy in Vatican City. We hope then that this will materialize as it is a long awaited move.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Part 2: Interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Sovereign National Conference and Other Matters

As it was stated in the first interview[1] that Usman Zanaib had with El Rufai and reposted in this blog, this present post is the second part promised by Zainab. This present one was conducted by Ajibola Robinson, as you will find out.

For the first interview read: Part 1
This is the second part of the interview with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, with focus on calls for a National Conference and Sharia Law. As with the first part of the interview, this was originally posted on Nigeria Village Square website HERE. Enjoy!!
Now What Podcasts : The NOW WHAT podcasts Series are initiated by a desire to chart a way forward for Nigeria following the January 2012 Occupy protests, Boko Haram and other security challenges and the seeming slide to anarchy in Nigeria. Each week, members of the NVS forum will exchange ideas in a round-table and will also invite high profile guests to offer ideas
On Saturday February 25, 2012, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was our guest. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai spoke on Boko Haram, Sovereign National Conference, Security, and so much more in a very frank manner.
The following is transcript of the second part of the interview, with focus on National Conference and Sharia.
Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Part 2)

SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Anchor: Thank you Sir. The next series of questions will be taken on by Ajibola Robinson and they will be on Sovereign National Conference and other general questions. Mr. Robinson…
NVS: I’ll like to start off with a few questions about the National Conference. You’ll notice I started off removing the word Sovereign from the statement. With that said, let me go on to the first question which is: It appears a large groups of Nigerians have become increasingly frustrated with the current state of affairs in Nigeria. As an example, yesterday, even the 19 Northern governors called for a review of the revenue allocation formula to states. A number of Nigerians both home and abroad believe thatthese are legitimate issues to be discussed in a wider forum, at the national level and in a discussion that involves all Nigerian nationalities.
We are at a point where we should sit down as a nation and have some kind of dialogue. This wider discussion will allow all stakeholders to bring their various grievances to the table. Issues like State police, revenue allocation, resource control, state agitation, and even as yu mentioned earlier, states that want to have Sharia law. What are your views on this? And would you be willing to take part in a process to discuss these issues?