Thursday, February 16, 2006
South Africa today
We cannot live without hope. Hope has been, and is tremendously inspiring
in South Africa, hope that we may continue to work hard to achieve
“the greatest possible good for the greatest possible number of people”!
Build a rainbow Nation! So many died for it!
A beautiful dream! An impossible dream?
From Mary Rose Hendrikse Cape Town
(This work comprises 47 matchboxes each painted with a small portrait.)
Yes there is concern too.
A beloved friend from South Africa writes to me and says:
“Hope and concern
I am much more aware of that 'divinely human presence' and perhaps more sensitive
to how that divine presence is defaced in our very materialistic world of today.
Here in South Africa, you would be alarmed at how secular and materialistic
our African people have become.
Coupled with this attitude is a total disregard for the poor voiceless masses
who are desperate for a small part of the cake.
The discontent from the latter is loud but who is listening?”
Who is listening to the cry of the voiceless masses in South Africa today?
The struggle continues with the strength of the spirit, stronger than injustice,
stronger than death!
But my heart bleeds for the poor who wait in vain for a slice of bread, a cup of water...
Mbeki is currently serving his last term, scheduled to end in 2009
and he has said he won’t stand for a third term, that is a good sign.
But then what up to 2009 and what after that?
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Stand up and be counted !
This Sunday morning, the factory, became a place of prayer:
What difference, I wondered, between the prayer of a striker and that of the boss?
Sometimes the prayer of exploited people may be a CRY, or a simple STRIKE!
May be the prayer will be heard ... because, the media just announced:
“A delegation from the Board of Directors of Swissmetal will travel to Reconvilier on Monday, 6 February 2006
May be one day, workers and bosses will pray together? Who knows?
Thursday, February 02, 2006
No I wouldn’t make a caricature of the prophet Mohammed
If Mohammed were here and now present amongst us today, he could face the caricaturists.
Today these tasteless images hurt so many people on the move in a world void of love!