Laying Foundation

Have you tried to correct something that was wrongly taught or explained? Let take the example of a song that was initially taught to a choir without following the music notes. Or correcting the pronunciation of some words which were taught wrongly. It is always a difficult task. In our mission in Simanjiro, the people were either taught wrongly the precepts of the Christian faith or they understood it wrongly.In the parish that covers more than 6000 square kilometers and comprising of over 20 villages, we have more than 10,000 baptized Christians. However, more than 90% of men are polygamous. … Continue reading Laying Foundation

Hope Renewed

Sunday Readings in Brief Easter 2021 Easter Vigil: (1) Gen 1:1-2:2; Ps 104; (20)Gen 22:1-18; Ps 16; (3) Ex 14:15-31. 15:1; Ps-Ex 15; (4) Is 54:5-14; Ps 30; (5) Is 55:1-11; Ps-Is 12; (6) Bar 3:9-15. 32-4:4; Ps 19; (7) Ez 36:16-17a.18-28; (8) Ps 42; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118; (9) Mk 16:1-7 Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34a. 37-43; Ps 118; 2 Cor 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-19 Understanding Easter Vigil Dear friends, this is the second Easter that we are marking under the Covid-19 weather. Once again we will not be able to celebrate the mystery of our salvation in what we would … Continue reading Hope Renewed

A Rocky Mission

Last week I went to visit and pray with the parishioners in the remote village of Loongung 66 Kilometers from the Parish. The Catechist was waiting for me in another village 45 Kilometers away to show me the road because the usual road has been rendered impassible by the rains. During the rainy season some villages like this may go without mass for up to six months. The village is surrounded by sticky black cotton soil that makes it impassible even for our four-wheel drive car. On the way a woman stopped us and asked for lift to her kin’s … Continue reading A Rocky Mission

A Heart’ Soup with James Mailady, SVD

Oyster Stew There was once an oyster whose story I’ll tell,Who found that some sand had worked under his shell.Just one little grain but it gave him pain(For oysters have feelings that are very plain).Now did he berate this working of fate,That left him in such a deplorable state?Did he curse the government? Call for an election?Or gripe that the sea should have given protection?No! He said to himself as he sat on the shelf,“Since I cannot remove it, I think I’ll improve it.”Well, years passed by as years always do,Till he came to his destiny, Oyster stew!But the small … Continue reading A Heart’ Soup with James Mailady, SVD

A heart’s Soup with Fr. James Mailady

A layman’s request If, as a layman, I could offer one prayer to religious it would be this:Please don’t just try to teach me about God.Don’t just try to instruct me with your wisdom,Or impart to me your knowledge.Let me see your humanness, your mistakes,Your weakness, but let me also see you loving God,Trusting in Him, believing in Him,Let me see how important God is in your life.Let me see the unmistakable witness of the time you spend in prayerLet me see in your face the face of Christ.Anonymous Have you ever wondered what would be the expectations of the … Continue reading A heart’s Soup with Fr. James Mailady